I'm teaching a creative nonfiction workshop this semester, which excites me and makes me nervous. This is the first upper-level course I've taught at my current university, and it is populated mostly with graduating seniors, who, though good students, are more focused on getting the heck out of here than on the intricacies of my... Continue Reading →


This is an interesting example of what I would call a "digital essay," for obvious reasons. . .something to teach with, just maybe? Or maybe I can figure out a Google map of my own for an interchapter of my dissertation. Maybe.


Need to play with the double meaning of generic-- as genre-based and as thinking about the essay as a kind of "generic" genre in comp.


So the job search can be depressing at times, but more importantly, it is a huge timesuck. Which is why I've not been blogging regularly. Of course, severe writer's block might also have something to do with it. After having a long conversation with my  director last night, I know I need to MAJORLY rethink the direction... Continue Reading →

A thought

When Young, Becker, and Pike suggest that provisional writing might be more persuasive to readers than dogmatic writing, they say provisional writing "focuses on the process of inquiry itself and acknowledges the tentative nature of conclusions" (Rhetoric: Discovery and Change, 207). That sounds awful essayistic to me. . .process as a topos anybody? Just sayin'.

Another day

and I finally finished Reclaiming the Imagination. After a month. Egads. Now, I pick up the pace and actually make progress on the dissertation. Actually, I must create my syllabus for ENG 225. I'm really excited about teaching this course--it's an advanced composition class and I get to design the course completely, but I'm a... Continue Reading →

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