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What teaching has taught me

It is a privilege to witness the transformation that happens when someone begins to uncover their own abilities—and you can often learn something yourself, too

My students brightened up my year and helped me feel positive about the human race. Image: Illustration by Kate Hazell

I’m missing my students. For the first half of the year, I taught a course in Creative Non-Fiction at my local university. Every Monday afternoon I walked down the hill and into a seminar room and spent a highly enjoyable three hours talking about the ethics of memoir writing, and how to turn a space into a place, and whether or not biography needs to cover a whole life. We…

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