I'm a high school Instructional Facilitator, which is a fancy way of saying I teach other teachers how to teach. Before that I taught AP and creative writing classes at Conway High School, composition and creative writing at the University of Central Arkansas, advised their undergraduate magazine the Vortex, and co-directed the Great Bear Writing Project (a National Writing Project site). You can find me blogging on No Telling, Fresh Ribbon, and putting up daily inspiration on Easy Street Prompts. Whew, I say.
Something happens when you give a young girl a typewriter. It's semi-magical and the very reason I give machines away even now. If you want to grow a writer, give her a working typewriter, some fresh ribbon, and a generous stack of paper. Then stand back and give her room, because it takes a lot of unbothered space to try out a new voice. Over and over and over again.