Classes start tomorrow, and because of a minor health setback I had at the start of the year, I am only now adding the finishing touches to my course schedules and syllabi.
What's on the agenda for the new semester? The usual suspects; I will be teaching sections of developmental writing and writing about literature. However, I am also teaching advanced prose for the second time. This semester, I am using an anthology of essays titled Between Song and Story: Essays for the Twenty-first Century edited by Sheryl St. Germain and Margaret Whitford. Some of my favorite contemporary writers have pieces in this collection, including Dinty Moore, Lori Jakiela, Barbara Hurd, Phillip Lopate, and Rhett Iseman Trull. By teaching the art of the personal essay, I am hoping to actually learn more about craft and style found in the world of literary nonfiction.
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