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The Fairy Tale Syndrome: Gender and Cultural Identity in Old Fables

The ancient fables encapsulated and codified gender archetypes arising as oral legends from the mists of time, yet much is missing in that narrative and not all of the aspects of the timeless tales serve us well in contemporary society.

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Inside the Young Writer’s Nest

I have a big job ahead. It’s up to me to connect but not invade, inspire but not require, corral but not suppress.

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The Freedom to Play with Words

Our best language arts teachers are motivated by a desire to awaken the student’s essential self through literature and writing. Yet state and national curriculum do not emphasize creative writing.

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Teaching Writing: An Experience in Community

I was on a book tour around the publication of my fourth novel when I learned that I would be teaching an introductory course on writing fiction to undergraduates in the spring. Although I was in the midst of giving readings and talks in academic settings (as I have done for years), this was to be my first experience teaching a course.

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