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Episode 1: John Thurgood
Image: #1 John Thurgood. May 6, 2020. #stopthestereotype

Creative Writing, skateboarding and teaching amid the pandemic with John Thurgood

Episode 1

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?

Highlights include:

  1. A quote from Kyle Minor’s Praying Drunk (1:45)
  2. Creative writing and skateboarding (7:31)
  3. Piquing students’ curiosities and getting them invested in composition through researching the communities they live in (13:15)
  4. How we’re stories within stories (15:11)
  5. Balancing a rigorous curriculum with teaching and learning amid the coronavirus pandemic (21:10)
  6. Keeping an open dialogue with students and navigating what it is to be a student right now (27:13)
  7. How we as instructors can be catalysts for our students (35:57)

Resources Mentioned

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


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