Re: RARA-AVIS: Professor Hendricks

Date: 17 Apr 2005

Hi, Bill, I just got home from Fairhope, Alabama, for the Gulf Coast Assoc. of Creative Writing Teachers, and the laptop wouldn't work, so that's why the delay. I don't think they even had an internet cafe there, but I also lost almost all day Friday in transit with plane delays so I didn't spend a lot of time looking around for one. Anyway, sorry for the delay. I don't get to use much crime fiction in my classes. I use the Janet Burroway book for the creative writing students because they're generally beginners and need the nuts and bolts of technique. There's not much time for outside reading. The normal students don't read much, I'm sorry to say. I used to teach a mystery/crime class, but then it was taken away from the college. Now somebody is trying to start it up again, but I don't know if it will work out. I do allow crime writing in the class and often mention it. I enjoy when anyone can do a decent story, but I think it's more difficult to write a good crime short story than a story of character, because getting an interesting plot into that amount of space is really tricky. Some of the older students have read my books and they come to BCC for that reason, but there really aren't many who are interested in writing crime. I try to teach the basics that belong in any kind of fiction and leave the subject matter open to the individual. Vicki

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