Inspired by Diana Raab, Writers and Their Notebooks
I read Raab’s book right about the end of my time at SLU. Moving on to Maryville University, I found a way to assign Natalie Goldberg’s Bones book in my Humanities classes—mandatory composition 9wide-ruled) notebooks. I also started teaching my own classes off-campus, typically with a writing (hence, notebook) theme.
How can we imagine a notebook?
Warehouse (not a museum)
Treasure chest of thoughts and anecdotes
Place to collect ideas
Place to practice writing
Place to overcome writer’s block
Postcard to oneself
Playground for mind
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