In a previous post, I stressed the importance of listening to published and successful writers to guide the formal teaching of reading (texts) and writing.
While Neil Gaiman, for example, provides English teachers a wealth of writing about books, bookstores, libraries, and writing, many writers talk and write about their lives as readers and writers, and as English teachers, we should be seeking to build a toolbox of writers on texts and writing for our classrooms and students.
Poet Matt Olzman offers such an opportunity.
In an interview, Olzman discusses aspects of his writer’s life of a poet that speak to key aspects of formal writing instruction. Inviting students to compare what Olzman explains to their own undertanding of key concepts about text and writing helps avoid overly simplistic and school-only versions of reading and writing.
On daily writing, inspiration, the writing process, and revision:
It’s very rarely…
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