Author Archives: michelleh7040

About michelleh7040

I'm a grad student studying creative writing and learning how to teach writing (of all sorts).

One Last Rodeo

Tonight, I’m sitting in my house, trying to get words on the page for what is very likely to be my last ever seminar paper, but they don’t want to come. Two years ago, I didn’t think this program would … Continue reading

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Why Poetry Out Loud?

I’ve been involved with the program Poetry Out Loud for almost a year. I’ve done recruiting and organized regional events for my corner of Alabama. It’s been one of the most rewarding parts of my masters’ education. In my travels, … Continue reading

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Many Acronyms: SWWC, AWC, and POL

This semester has been the craziest of them all for me. I got to do so many cool things and learned so much about teaching and writing and the community and what sort of direction I want to take when … Continue reading

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English Comp Workshop, or How One Attempts Get Students to Quit Saying “Peer Review”

It’s official. We’re three weeks in and that means my students are about to turn in their first essays. We did our first workshop and I wanted to post before I got the papers in because there’s some chance my … Continue reading

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Public Poetry by Alabama Teenagers

Last year, right about now, I was panicked about starting a graduate program. It was never really something I meant to do. I meant to start teaching high school students, but the jobs just weren’t there for me. I’ve been … Continue reading

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A Not So Creative Approach to Teaching Composition

From the short year that I’ve been in an English department, I’ve come to discover that saying creative writing in relation to teaching composition is somewhat forbidden. We all, of course, acknowledge that our disciplines are not mutually exclusive, but … Continue reading

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What Is Writing?

My professor told me to think about this question this semester: What is writing?  Is it a facebook status? Is it a lab report? Is it a quick write in class? Is it the novel I’m reading or the short … Continue reading

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