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Sometimes, and I’ve said this before,

29 Jun

doing nothing’s what you have to do to know what you need to do.  

The best writing, at times, is penned internally when you’re not materially writing.

Sit, stop, breathe, see, listen…

That passing car or plane flying over your house could answer every question you had, have, will have.

Opennes is onus.

Night 1

20 Jun

Don’t doubt your abilities.

EVER! You can write and read as well as you wish.

Agony is elective.

Don’t elect it.


Hello’s ….

Purpose of 100…

What happens in 1A?

Longer Papers

Shorter Papers (2 full pages)

Comp Books, or journals (consistent content, notes and thoughts, brainstormings and meditations)

Attendance and Activity – just ’cause you’re here doesn’t mean you’re here.

Past Experience with reading and writing…  Oh, and college, or school…

Words.  Find some and report back. (Group Work) …

Quote- “Without music, life would be a mistake.” -Friedrich Nietzsche  —  What does that mean, to you?

Freewriting.  Don’t let the freedom EVER be compromised.  It should have some focus, just not right away, and never too much.  Too much focus means too much containment, which negates any sense of freedom.

Always have questions prepared for class, for each meeting.  For me, and for each other.  AND, for yourself!

Past, present, aspired future as a reader, writer (more than as a “student”).

Interests, passions…  You can write or read critically without these!

Get books immediately.  All of them.

Why?  Why not.
Be open to Newness, to ideas that challenge you as well as those that unnerve you.  This is the nucleus of truly valuable self-education.
And, lastly for tonight:  YOU are your best teacher.
One more “last thing”….  Family first.  Always.

And the semester starts. 

19 Jun

Don’t have expectations.  Have tentative visions, take each day one at a time.  Yes, you may have goals or thoughts, but don’t be too trapped or suffocated in them.  Be open to new experiences…  If you want to improve your reading and writing abilities, that’s one of the best pieces of counsel I can offer you at the start of these eight weeks.

I look forward to working with ALL of you this Summer.

First assignment:  Please post below 50-100 words about yourself, about what you’ve lived, where you think you’re going…  BE CREATIVE!  And don’t overthink it!  Just write!

Rendez-vous demain!  (See you tomorrow!)


For ALL Spring ’15 Scholars–

20 May

React to the work you submitted for your final larger piece of writing.  I’m not asking what you could have done better, or what you wish you would have done different, but to the process.  What you learned about the topic you chose, what you learned about yourself as a writer, student.  React to the act of composing this paper.  And going forward in your academic and/or professional careers, how do you think your new writing habits and visions, whatever they are, will materialize down the road?  Again, just react to the act of composition of this final paper.  What you learned, what you found, how you the author and student changed.  If you were truly passionate about your writing, the composition itself, both process and product, took on some life of its own and interacted with you.  What was in that interaction?


10 May

Don’t worry about the grade, don’t worry about anything, just throw yourself to your topic.  Let yourself BE your writing, and nothing else.  Your ideas are beautiful and they need to be read.  Use every second, as this life is so cruelly curt.  Just a thought…

In being our own writing, we are ourselves. 

6 May

We’re honest with ourselves, acknowledging strengths and weakness, what we need to do to better our writings.  I’m learning right alongside you, believe me.  BUT, one thing I can say for us all, from experience, is that you have to want it.  Faulkner said that we shouldn’t be writers, we should just be writing.  So write, and do so freely.  Write whatever comes to your thoughts.  Polish later, and only if you want to (Of course, in the context of something you submit in class, you do need to edit and fine, of course, but with creative work, just explode INTO the page!).

I’m up early this morning, with coffee of course, and I collect with words, odd barely-awake utterances that I know I’ll forget if I don’t write them.  Try the same, let us know what happens!

See you all soon…  Mike


27 Apr

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