In today's Globe, the chairman of BU Journalism Department, Lou Ureneck, offers his thoughts on teaching and writing He's also the author of the well-recieved memoir, “Backcast: Fatherhood, Fly-fishing, and a River Journey Through the Heart of Alaska."
As someone who teaches his future students how to write a clean sentence and the difference between its and it's, I appreciate this. (I'm in room 215 in an hour if he wants too see how it's done in his building.)
Looking back, I can see that the class writing exercises were miniature studies in description, exposition, and narration. I discovered in the class that writing was something that I could learn, its mysteries could be unlocked through an understanding of technique and that I thoroughly enjoyed the task of making sentences that snatched and then conveyed the ideas, feelings, and images that were slopping around inside of me like water in a bucket.