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…


  1. Quite a resemblance.

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

  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?

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

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

  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.