I applied to Voice Lessons because I wanted to find out how I had become a writer (for I consider myself as one, although I am primarily a historian and a translator). Where it all began, how I learned how to write. Whether I could become a better writer. Understanding all this, I thought, was the key to teaching students how to write more effectively. Voice Lessons did not help me in any of these areas. Instead, it did something infinitely more important: it opened space. Space to share writing, space to participate in the act of writing. A willingness to write alongside with students; a readiness to practice writing from where they stand; focusing, teaching students that writing is not just an exercise, but an integral part of who they are and what they do. These sound like cliches, but they do work.
Voice Lessons opened space for us to create a community of writers across disciplines. This could be the beginning of an important adventure for the community of learners that our university constitutes.
Who We Are
Read samples of writing from past faculty participant's seminars.