Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Canadian Outpost

It looks like a fellow-traveller Derek Beaulieu has set up a cell in the Great North. Welcome my cold, Canadian friend.

Screenshot from Typewriter Heaven

Derek, a poet by trade, started using typewriters in his creative writing course. Apart from the physical similarities to Derek (baldness, facial hair, awesome glasses) he works with older students in a college environment and my students are the victims of the severe social-economic disparity that is endemic to the inner-city. Other than that, the goal is the same; challenge students to write. It's a beautiful thing to see this kind of inspiring work spreading. So, if you hear of kids and typewriters, send me a link or two. I would love to see them.

On a final note, we do look a little alike…




6 comments:

  1. Quite a resemblance.

    Always good to hear of students (and others) using typewriters.

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  2. When I was a kid, waiting my turn at the barbers, young men would come in and ask for a Tony Curtis. I think Derek must have visited his and asked for a Ryan Adney. Do you think it might catch on?

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  3. Heh, saw this article awhile ago and thought of you. Thought I G+'d it for ya, but probably forgot (:

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  4. How cool is that. I'm curious how this works for college level students.

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  5. That you both encourage students to write is admirable.
    That you both encourage students to write with typewriters is cool.
    If even one of your students grows up to be a great writer, then that's just icing on the cake, and I continue to applaud what you and Derek are doing, sir.

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