Classy Talk: Christine Hemp | Fall 2014

Posted Thu, 8/28/2014 - 9:45am by  |  Category:

drWSK_CCWhat is the title of your class? 

Trust in Details: Finding the Aha! in your Essay

What’s one thing you hope your students will take away from the class?

Delight—in discovering they can write stuff that really matters.

What sorts of writers will you be reading/assigning in class? Why?

A panoply of essayists—from fly-fishermen to horse trainers, science writers to sermon writers; from poets to painters, bloggers, and more. Why? Because every true voice has something to teach us as writers, no matter the subject.

Can your students connect with you on social media? If so, how?

Absolutely. Facebook, Twitter and my blog.

Are any of your works online and available to the public?

What’s your teaching philosophy?

For me, writing is not about answers; it’s about asking the right questions. Same with teaching. I find that trust and invitation far outweigh prescription and rules when it comes to generating lively, meaningful, and engaging work. I’m interested in making and teaching art, words that matter.

What advice do you have about getting into the habit of writing regularly?

Trick yourself! Plan on writing only one sentence or one paragraph. I’ll bet a milkshake you can’t leave your chair after getting started.

What are you working on right now? Where did the idea come from? 

A memoir called Safe. It began as a simple poet’s tale, but now it’s a full-grown beast who’s got me by the tail.

What’s your favorite word in the English vocabulary?


Let’s talk writing inspiration—what’s the No. 1 thing that drives you to write?

The desire to make something beautiful out of chaos.