Creative Writing, skateboarding and teaching amid the pandemic with John Thurgood
In this episode, we discuss
Creative writing, skateboarding and teaching amid the pandemic with John Thurgood. How are we stories within stories? What does it mean to explore a place through skateboarding and art? How do we connect course materials to students’ lived experiences?
- A quote from Kyle Minor’s Praying Drunk (1:45)
- Creative writing and skateboarding (7:31)
- Piquing students’ curiosities and getting them invested in composition through researching the communities they live in (13:15)
- How we’re stories within stories (15:11)
- Balancing a rigorous curriculum with teaching and learning amid the coronavirus pandemic (21:10)
- Keeping an open dialogue with students and navigating what it is to be a student right now (27:13)
- How we as instructors can be catalysts for our students (35:57)
- Minor, Kyle. Praying Drunk: Stories, Questions. Sarabande Books, 2014. https://amzn.to/35Ahdrb
About John Thurgood
John Thurgood is a doctoral student and Advanced Opportunity Fellow in Creative Writing at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His stories have appeared in Another Chicago Magazine, Story|Houston and elsewhere. His book reviews can be found at Electric Literature and Necessary Fiction. He has been a teacher and educator for ten years and has taught all over the US. Find more at www.johnthurgood.com.
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