Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Pre-Professional Conference: a Review

The Pre-Professional Conference, which took place on Oct. 8, featured workshops and presentations on writing and literature for students in the English Department at BYU-Idaho.

One of the presentations was given by James Richardson, head of the Creative Writing Departments at Princeton University. He discussed writing, and how students who wish to become successful creative writers can improve their skills. Richardson emphasized how difficult and important it is to strike a balance between being too accepting and too critical of one's own work.

Some tips Richardson gave included:
"Read a lot."
"You have to read your own work, un-self-protected."
"Space, openness, and freedom ... that's what writing is about."
"If you can't revise it, the best revision is the next poem."

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