'Why We Write' In Our Instructors' Own Words
by Writing Workshops Org Admin
A year ago
What Writing Means in the Words of WWD Instructors
The instructors at Writing Workshops Dallas are professional writers, teachers and editors, and many have taught at major universities and attended top MFA programs across the country. All are dedicated teachers who have a passion for the craft and business of writing and believe in community, mentorship, in-depth feedback, and finding a readership beyond the workshop table.
Our instructors are journalists, screenwriters, playwrights, poets, novelists, essayists, short story writers, memoirists, and grant writers. Every member of this talented and varied group is interested in helping our students take their work to the next level.
Thumbnail biographies of each of these dedicated professionals can be found on the WWD website, as can details of the courses, seminars and programs they teach and support.
We posed this question to a few of our instructors: Why do you write?
In their own words, here are a few answers:
"I write in order to figure out what I'm writing about. But that's not to say that writing for me is primarily an act of self-expression. Rather, writing is about revealing (i.e., on the page) imaginative possibilities that are invisible to me while the words are still stuck in my head." -- Joe Milazzo
"I write because I love bringing my imagination to life on the page. I love the surprise of writing a story all the way to THE END. I write because I want to see the stories I want to read out in the world. It is also an act of self-discovery and a compulsion I can't ignore. As they say, there is no one more tormented than a writer who doesn't write." -- Blake Kimzey
"I write because I believe writing can help us find empathy." --Mag Gabbert
“Writing for me—initially—serves the impulse to rescue: to seize and corral my memories, images, experiences, and ideas from oblivion. Then the serious work begins, which starts with vigilance: looking and looking at what I’ve gathered until their truths emerge and then finding the right voice to release those truths.” -- Eden Elieff
“Everything I write is in response to the question, Why am I here? Writing gets me up in the morning and often tucks me into bed at night. It's the longest-running relationship I’ve ever had. And I love it and hate it in equal measure.” -- David Samuel Levinson
There are nearly two dozen instructors at Writing Workshops Dallas, and each will give a different answer to that question. Most are likely to agree with the late, great author and poet Maya Angelou that they write not because they want to but because they have to, because “there is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside of you.”
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