The workshop that worked

“There is an old style of teaching where the teacher has gold bricks of knowledge, reaches back,” said Father Jogues, reaching back over his shoulder, “and hands them out to the students,” miming distribution. “We believe in the pizza style, where each of us puts an ingredient on the pizza, and the facilitator,” he looked at me, “is the crust.”

We were beginning the second of a four-session workshop called “Writing Fiction from Life” I’d been engaged to teach the Storyweavers, a group of seniors who had been meeting weekly over the past year to work on their writing. Father Jogues looked at me and waited.

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Paul’s novel “The Grass” was a finalist for the Bellwether Prize established by Barbara Kingsolver for first novels raising issues of social justice. He is currently at work on another novel.

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