Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Major in Literature

Years ago, I read A Ring of Endless Light by Madeleine L'Engle. One of the quotes I wrote down in my reading journal was advice given to an aspiring young writer (in a dialogue she had with an older mentor). He said,
And when you go to college, major in English. The great writers are your best teachers. If you take my advice, you won't go in for those so-called creative writing courses. You'll write anyhow, and you'll never again have a chance like the four years of college to soak yourself in writers of all kinds and sorts. And a lot of people who teach creative writing tend to be manipulative, or to want to make the young writers over in their own images.

By the way, the Mexico Team has successfully built their houses and come back across the border without leaving anyone behind! They have a few days in Southern Cal. before driving back over the weekend. The Gerhardt Girls are looking forward to having their Gerhardt Guys back home again!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Doing always seems to be better than soaking. Good thought.