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Saturday, January 6, 2018

Thornton P. Knowles On His College Writing Students

Students in my college fiction class tended to use more words than necessary. They also ignored the key elements of plot, suspense, and drama. Moreover, they were more prone to describe rather than narrate. Perhaps that was because narrative writing requires skill, hard work, and talent. During my relatively brief fiction-teaching career, I had about three hundred students. Only two or three of them were truly creative and could write. Other than giving these kids a few tips and encouragement, they didn't need me. I was wasting my time, but the pay was decent, and, at the time, I had nothing better to do. Welcome to academia. 

Thornton P. Knowles

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