Bridging the Gap: How to Teach Creative Writing Across the Generational Divide
by Aaron Hamburger
NEW BOOKS FOR WRITERS & TEACHERS
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In “Bride in Beige: A Poet’s Approach to Memoir” (Poets & Writers Magazine, page 33), Mark Doty writes of his experience in building memoir out of memory. He notes that while “plenty of the past is unclear,” certain images remain “crystalline”—such as his sister’s beige suit in her wedding photograph. Draft a poem that begins with a similarly clear image of one object, keepsake, or photograph from your past. Try describing the one item in detail, and then see if the larger truth or importance of the item emerges as you further develop the poem.
First-time author Alan Drew talks about how teaching in Istanbul led to studying at the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where he met his agent and began writing his first novel.