What We Carry

I finally got myself an iPad last week, and I've been having a great time exploring how to integrate it into my life. So far, my favorite uses have been creative (big surprise, I know). For fun: I've been playing around with Keri Smith's "This is Not an App." For day-to-day idea generation and noodling: … Continue reading What We Carry

What Are the Stories You Want to Tell?

Today, I asked this of my Digital Storytelling class, after a really productive discussion about the power of narrative (with the help of Elif Shafak, Benjamin Zander, and Rives). This week, my creative nonfiction students are reading Terry Tempest Williams' "Why I Write," and Joan Didion's "On Keeping a Notebook," to examine nonfiction's possibilities for … Continue reading What Are the Stories You Want to Tell?

Some Thoughts on Working, Fear, and Growth

It's staunchly autumn here in western PA, and I'm beginning to feel it happening. I'm starting to work on my book again. It's been a long time since I've been able to even think about working on the manuscript, and that absence has been hard -- troubling -- to me. I've been thinking, probably too … Continue reading Some Thoughts on Working, Fear, and Growth

Conversations & Connections Conference, Philly 2013

In just a few short weeks, I'll be making my second trip to the fair city of Philadelphia since moving to western PA just a little over a year ago -- this time, to serve on a panel at the bi-annual Conversations and Connections Conference. The conference is a project of Tom, Mike, and Dave, … Continue reading Conversations & Connections Conference, Philly 2013

Learning Digital Narratives

This semester at UPJ, I'm teaching a class on Writing for Digital Media. It's my first time teaching the course -- a course I developed along with my department's director for UPJ -- and the first writing class of its kind being offered in the Pitt university system. My colleague, Dr. Jeremy Justus, is in … Continue reading Learning Digital Narratives