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Mixed Memories of a Professor: Do the Ends Justify the Means?

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Mixed Memories of a Professor: Do the Ends Justify the Means?

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Vivid memories of a writing professor persist. I credit him with teaching me to write, and by that, I mean he got me seeing the unseen in my writing and recognizing rewriting as more important than writing. I also learned to take and deliver criticism. When I write, I often hear his voice: “The first time is for getting it down, not getting it right.” “Show, don’t tell it.”

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