Anca Szilagyi is one of my favorite writers. We met at the MFA program at the University of Washington, where she counseled me on the vagaries of workshopping a novel. On August 1st, I was honored to help her read the title story of her collection More Like Home than Home, which she is polishing as a 2012-13 Made at Hugo House fellow.
I am grateful that veteran reporter Bill Lucey looks me up every once in a while to see how I’m doing since the Seattle P-I closed. After checking in with me in 2010 for The Huffington Post, Bill called me earlier this summer to chat about writing and life after newspapers. Thanks to him for this profile on his site newspaperalum.com!
© 2013 Kristen Millares Young.
I regularly teach creative writing at Hugo House, a nonprofit literary hub in Seattle, and the Port Townsend Writers’ Conference held by Centrum, a nonprofit arts center. But I began teaching at the University of Washington, spending three quarters as an instructor of English 131, a first-year student composition class, and two quarters as an intern for English 484, an advanced prose class.
I have been surprised by how much teaching has helped me clarify and deepen my relationship to the written word. As part of the UW English Department’s teacher training, I took a pedagogy class with Expository Writing Program Director and Professor Anis Bawarshi, who encouraged me to develop my teaching philosophy website. In it, I describe why writing matters to me. While that subject is far too complex to address in this blog post — perhaps Jhumpa Lahiri can help — here’s one element that I share with my students:
Why does writing matter? Writing teaches us to understand the world around us. In turn, it helps us to be understood by others.
In that quote, you can see my great hope. I explain my teaching philosophy here.
© 2018 Kristen Millares Young
I am so grateful to Elizabeth Lowry, Director of Marketing and Communications at the University of Washington Graduate School, for highlighting my story in this student profile.