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Author tells students to allow "permission to write badly"

Writer shares experiences, advice on writing process with students

Contributing Reporter

Published: Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Updated: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 01:02


Aubrie Walker | The Housonian

DESCRIPTIVE READING: Author and professor Jesse Lee Korcheval shared her poetry with students on Monday in Austin Hall as part of a series of speakers headed to campus hosted by the SHSU English Department

A well-known creative author and professor told students to “give yourself permission to write badly” when she shared her experiences and advice with students at Sam Houston State University on Monday.

Jesse Lee Korcheval, author of several books and poems such as: “Dog Angel, Not, and Blue Plate” shared her descriptive, simple poetry and a part of her own memoir, “Space” with a crowded room of students and faculty in Austin Hall.

Her readings were a part of a series of speakers headed to campus hosted by the MFA program in creative writing, which began last fall.

 Students then had a chance to discuss Korcheval work in a reception after the readings, where she shared her advice on the writing process.

“Do not let the critic inside scare you from writing,” she told some creative writing students.

Korcheval also stressed the importance of staying close to home roots as a writer in order to help find a story. Korcheval’s words struck a chord among students who were intrigued by her style of writing and experiences.

“I took from [the event] the recipe of her writing, she mingles events in her life and makes them work,” Amanda Dellett, graduate English major, said. 

Korcheval also told students that it is also important to make time for writing. She dedicates every Thursday just for writing.

“Ask yourself where can I make a spot for writing and do it,” she said.

However, her most important piece of advice came when told students to “give yourself permission to write badly” as part of the writing process. She said writers should keep writing freely in spite self-criticism, a problem students often face in their own work.

Korcheval was brought to the university by her former pupil and assistant professor of English at SHSU Nick Lentz has known and worked with Mrs. Korcheval for 10 years and has been really affected by her teaching.  K writes poems, fiction, and non-fiction novels. She has written 12 books and is coming out with a novel called My Life as a Silent Film, to be released this fall.

The next speaker as part of the series will beMichael Kardos, author of the short-story collection One Last Good Time and the novel The Three-Day Affair on Feb. 25. For more information, call 936-294-1407.

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