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Grub Goes Online

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In addition to teaching, I always take classes at Grub each term to keep up with my own writing. So, when Grub offered online classes for the first time in the fall, I decided to take Grace Talusan's Art of the Personal Essay online class. I had taken an in-person class with her a couple years ago (which was fabulous), so I had high hopes for her online class. I was not disappointed

January 15, 2014 | Nadine Kenney Johnstone

The Workshop

Writing About Work

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I had a female foreign student once who bought me lingerie as an end-of-semster gift. As I held up the see-through teddy and matching g-string, I tried my best to thank her with a straight face.

A large kid (almost 200 lbs) I babysat in high school threw a tantrum at McDonalds when I refused to order him a Big Mac. I thought I’d have to call the cops. He was double my size and I couldn’t get him off the ground where he laid, kicking

October 16, 2013 | Nadine Kenney Johnstone

Craft Advice

In Defense of Handwriting

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There is one rule I put in my syllabus that the freshmen I teach writing to always seem surprised about: NO laptops in class. There are some occasions when I allow computers, but it is rare. Very rare. The students seem further perplexed when I tell them that in my MFA program, the same rule applied. And it wasn't soooo long ago that I was in this program, I explain. Laptops DID exist

September 18, 2013 | Nadine Kenney Johnstone

Craft Advice

Ode to My Students

By Nadine Kenney Johnstone

The night before the first class, I panicked.

What had I been thinking when I agreed to teach a workshop just five weeks after giving birth?

During pregnancy, I thought I'd actually be bored (yes, BORED) once Geo arrived. I imagined hours of nursing and cuddling, but I had also heard that babies sleep. A lot. So, I honestly envisioned an lot of thumb twirling happening on my end while Geo napped

August 21, 2013 | Nadine Kenney Johnstone

Inspiration The Workshop

The Gestation Period

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I am due to give birth in four days, and I am ready to crawl out of my skin from impatience. I’ve done everything safely possible to get things going—yoga, walking, red raspberry leaf tea, primrose oil, spicy food, you name it. But my little boy is cozy and comfortable and doesn’t seem like he has any plans of coming early, or even on time. In fact, my midwife says, most first-time moms usually go a week or two past their due dates.

May 15, 2013 | Nadine Kenney Johnstone

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