I’m going to try to connect three things: this beautiful day in New Jersey,  Pope Francis, and writing as pleasure. I have just finished reading…

Listening

I know I have written about assessment a bit too much–imagining a way of assessing our writing programs through what our students say about what…

An Act of Grace

I’m working through grief about Ali. I’ve been here before–or at least in a place too much like this one, but that doesn’t make the…

Desire

I led a workshop yesterday at the Dornsife Center, a community center in a largely impoverished area of West Philadelphia. The workshop is part of…

Having Fun Again

I’m just saying: what would happen if writing teachers at all levels (think Lucy Calkins) made as their primary objective having fun with writing (writing…