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Zinsser on Writing Memoir Well: “Think Small”

Since his death on May 12, William Zinsser dominates my thoughts. Reading his book On Writing Well transformed my writing in college. Later works continued to teach. Zinsser dropped many great lines. This one rings true as I draft slice-of-life pieces: “be yourself, speak freely, and think small.” It appeared in the essay “How to Write a Memoir” (The American Scholar, Spring […]

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College Credit for Wandering the Internet

What a headline: “At Penn, students can get credit for ‘Wasting Time on the Internet.’” (I recently spotted it in the Washington Post while aimlessly wandering the Internet). Had I been a parent bankrolling my offspring’s major in creative writing, the article might have prompted a screaming text. Too late! My kid already would have commenced the […]

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