Workshops

Why I Love to Teach

The passion to teach is the passion to learn. Over many years of teaching English literature, liberal studies and women’s studies in Ontario college and university classrooms, my students and I regularly found ourselves seeing anew, reaching across disciplines, making fresh connections.  Together, we discovered how Angela Carter’s radical retelling of the Bluebeard fairy tale grew out of the groundbreaking work of feminist thinkers like Simone de Beauvoir and philosophers like Carl Jung.

Such electric experiences continue in my writing life. From time to time, I lead workshops in journal writing for community groups, and moments of discovery abound: participants find they have unique and feisty writing voices, a history of strength they never recognized, and an impulse to play – with language and in life!

Here is a poem written collectively by one of my journal-writing classes:

Courage

Secure the harness, pull the bungee, look down.  Jump.
The car hits the tree.  I get myself out to talk to the cop.
I look out at the courtroom and speak my truth.
I stand before a crowd and talk about what I love.
The car hits the tree. I get myself out to talk to the cop.
I feel the spotlight on me, all waiting for me to speak. I do.
I stand before a crowd and talk about what I love.
My palms sweating, I search your eyes. Yes, I say, I love you.
I feel the spotlight on me, all waiting for me to speak. I do.
When I feel overwhelmed, I ask for a break. leave the room.
My palms sweating, I search your eyes. Yes, I say, I love you.
Laughing out loud, I explain why it hurt so much.
When I feel overwhelmed, I ask for a break, leave the room.
I swallow my terror and answer the question they asked me.
Laughing out loud, I explain why it hurt so much.
I swallow my terror and answer the question they asked of me.
I look out at the court room and speak my truth.
Secure the harness, pull the bungee, look down. Jump.

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