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Monday, December 18, 2017

Writing surrounds our lives

“Writing surrounds us: it's not something we do just in school or on the job but something that is as familiar and everyday as a pair of worn sneakers or the air we breathe.”Andrea A. Lunsford.

Lunsford, author of the great writing texts Everyday Writer and Everyone’s An Author, is a faculty member at two great writing venues, Stanford University and the Bread Loaf School of English near Middlebury, Vermont.   She also serves as chair of the Modern Language Association’s Division on Writing.
Robert Frost also liked to spend his summers teaching at the Bread Loaf School, which gets its name by virtue of its location – on Middlebury College’s mountain campus below Bread Loaf Mountain.

Great writing and great teaching about it – whether in literature, creative writing or theater – has taken place at Bread Loaf since 1920 using tools developed by teachers like Lunsford, whose marvelous texts have given us all the gift of her writing advice and skill.  But, she's quick to say that it's a group effort.  
                                   “I believe that all writing is collaborative,” she said in a “How I Write” conversation. “No matter what you’re doing, even if you’re sitting by yourself at your computer, you’re collaborating with somebody, something you’ve read, or some voices you’ve got in your head, or your friends, or something, there’s some kind of collaboration going on.”

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