Creative Writing

Clyde Edgerton

Kenan Hall 1224 |



PhD, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, curriculum and instruction, 1977
MAT, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, English education, 1972
BA, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, English education, 1966


PapadaddyNight TrainBible Salesmansolo
LunchtroubleRedeyeIn Memory of Junior
Killer Diller FloatplaneWalking Across EgyptRaney


On Teaching

My definition of teaching is this: "Teaching is the act of inducing students to behave in ways assumed to lead to learning." I believe students in our MFA program should think about and play with this definition as many of them will become teachers, teaching students with varying levels of motivation and curiosity. Additionally, our program can allow students to save time—by that I mean learn their craft more quickly than they could without the program. We have a very strong faculty. I believe talking about writing with faculty and with other motivated students can allow students to become confident in their beliefs about why and how they must write. I enjoy workshopping, and I encourage students to accept no advice that doesn't make sense to them, to try to observe their world as if never seen, to cause the reader to SEE, and to avoid adverbs when possible.

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