I Am a Writer

I am a Writer.

I write to live, and I live to write.

I am fortunate enough that I make my living teaching writing — first-year college Composition, that is.  In Composition I, I instruct how to write personal essays, in which my students explore their own memories, their own beliefs and convictions, in non-fiction essays which follow standard academic manuscript rules.  In Composition II, I instruct how to write argumentative essays, in which my students explore their own reasons of why they believe what they believe and to defend that belief, culminating in a capstone research project, exploring the role of an individual in his/her society.

Occasionally, I teach Literature.  How I teach it, however, is as a humanities/arts course, in which we explore the inner convictions and insights of the author’s take on his/her society, as expressed in poem, short story, and (if time permits) novel.  I teach the class as a writer who appreciates writers and their works.  I am a teacher of writers.

But I am also a student of writers.  I read, learning from others’ insights, narratives, and all. 

And I write.

It’s part of who I am.

I live, I breathe, I love… and I write.


About lizardqueen

If single-mothering were a paid job, I'd be rich. However, it doesn't, so I write (which doesn't pay the bills) and teach (which does). I'm overly-educated in the liberal arts, but that doesn't hinder my ability to be pragmatic and realistic. YAY.
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One Response to I Am a Writer

  1. Madeleine says:

    beautifully put.

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