Archive for September, 2015

You’re Given a Mission

September 23, 2015 | 2 Comments

This is Induction Week at my new school, also known as Meet the Freshers. At our opening meeting, all seven creative writing staff members stood in a room of 40+ third-years, welcoming them. ‘Coach’ Tyler Keevil, the BA Course Leader, brought the students into the UoG fold, reassuring them if they had worries, providing answers if they had questions, and encouraging them introduce themselves so they could begin to feel part of a community. This echoes the online welcome I received last week from UoG Creative Writing, complete with my … More »

Asking for Open Borders

September 12, 2015 | 1 Comment

Yesterday, when I was preparing for an overnight trip to London, the forecast called for rain. I packed a small umbrella and my raincoat in my backpack, along with a scarf and extra leggings in case it got chilly. London, though, like much of the UK in September, seems to be like Seattle in summer. They tell you the weather is bad to keep you away. Nothing but blue skies and gorgeous silver and white clouds scuttled across the sky today while I walked the streets of London. I was accompanied by … More »