Writing Observations

During the day, I teach as an Associate Professor of English (specifically, technical/professional writing and first year Composition) at a small, liberal arts university in one of the rural communities outside of St. Louis, Missouri, USA.

I’ve been doing this for over 10 years now, and I usually enjoy the work. 🙂

I love to write and the way I stay closest to it is by teaching others to love it as much as I do. Usually, I succeed in helping my students hate it a little less. Oh well. I try. 🙂

When it comes to writing and the teaching of writing, I have found that it is important for writers to understand what worked just as much as what didn’t. And by the time students reach me in college, most know the 1,000 different ways they suck as writers, and some have been traumatized by the negative feedback they’ve received from previous instructors. Then there are others who’ve had positive writing experiences.

Regardless of the circumstances, I work to help students develop their voices, identify their strengths, and cultivate the awareness to improve their writing.

Brouillon is just one way I approach my writing and teach my students to expand their writing abilities.

Sometimes, I share my teaching experiences and observations here.

Other times, I share my own creative writing here.


I’m sure I will add more to this page someday, but that is what I have to say about this at the moment.