Year: 2010

Are You a Writer?

When do you know that you are –really– a writer? When you see a picture of your book on Amazon? When you win a writing award? When you actually hold your first published article in your actual hand? When you get your first fan letter? When wikipedia decides that you are “notable” When you read

Creative Conversations at Petoskey High School

This morning, I visited an English class at Petoskey High School. We talked about how Tolkien pursued his private hobby of invented languages, and how he expressed his creative world in poetry and myth. We looked at his friendship with C. S. Lewis and considered the implications of Tolkien’s claim that Lewis is the one

Tolkien Reads “The Tale of Tinuviel”

In my lecture this weekend, I’ll talk about Tolkien’s poem “The Tale of Tinuviel.” Here is a link to a recording of Tolkien reading that incomparable poem. “The leaves were long, the grass was green, The hemlock-umbels tall and fair, And in the glade a light was seen Of stars in shadow shimmering. Tinuviel

How James Taylor Keeps My Dreams Alive

I teach a required general studies course called Introduction to Literature. It’s a standard course at most universities. When I teach it, we spend the first seven weeks looking at poetry. I have a step-by-step method of analysis that I teach them: I take all the usual stuff like metaphor and rhythm patterns and onomatopoetic

Upcoming Talk at Wheaton College

From the news page of The Marion E. Wade Center Talk by Dr. Diana Glyer at the Wade Center: “C.S. Lewis’s Fingerprints on the Map of Middle-earth” Wednesday, October 20, 4:00 p.m. Diana Pavlac Glyer, Ph.D. will present a talk based on her investigation of collaboration among the Inklings at the Marion E. Wade Center.

Colored Staples

Sometimes “inspiring creative connections” is nothing more than sharing the way that something very small and particular can light up your day. Here ya go: Blog: Jeri’s Organizing & Decluttering News Post: The Little Things: Colorful Staples Link:


(hat tip to Michael Ward) The name of this blog is QWERTY– because the image of individual typewriter keys working together to produce something great speaks to me of creativity in community. I also love the combination of sound and touch and sight that comes together when the type-writing is going well. So I was

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