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Short Story: The Virgin

I wrote this story for English 384, Craft of Prose, taught by David Shields, who also wrote our textbook. The main focus of the class is writing with brevity. 601 more words

Poets & Writers event–Part II: I Think You're Totally Wrong

David Shields, a professor and the author of 15 books and several magazine articles, wanted to explore “self-deconstructive nonfiction” with a worthy adversary who held contrasting opinions. 215 more words

S.F. Bay Area

Making Love in Public: Part One of Poets & Writers ((LIVE)) San Francisco

A guest blog post (and nifty sketches) from Rebecca Fish Ewan reviewing the recent Poets & Writers ((LIVE)) event in San Francisco:

Why go to a writer’s conference? 868 more words

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Obsolete? The Novel and the University in the Digital Age

Last semester’s course on Contemporary American Fiction turned out to be a success, with good effort and engagement from the students and interesting conversations each week.  1,897 more words


My day of inspiration at the PWLive

If you have had one of those rare delusions that you are writing OK, you should attend a writer’s event and meet other writers. You will know how serious people take their craft and you will also get to know how well people write and how committed they are. 862 more words


David Shields Quote.

Shields, D., & Powell, C. (2015). I think you’re totally wrong: A quarrel.


The Essay: Theater of the Brain


Noun: A short piece of writing on a particular subject.

Verb: Attempt or try: “essay a smile”.

Synonyms: noun.  attempt – try – trial – test – experiment – assay; 724 more words

Class Reflection