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message for Ryerson’s True to Life class

Writers, they’ve given us a new classroom which is bigger, has moveable desks – and maybe even windows! The height of luxury.

Still in the VIC building on the second floor, but Room 201. There will be a notice posted on the old door in case you forget. See you Monday. With room to breathe.

And while I have your attention – with regards to the homework that perhaps you’ve embarked upon by now – remember, you’re just putting something on paper to get started. Remember that a first draft is always flawed, clumsy, all over the map. But try, even with only 500-600 words at your disposal, to write about an incident or a sense memory that matters to you.

I keep a notepad by my bed for those middle-of-the-night flashes of inspiration or lists or craziness, and this morning I woke to last night’s scribble: “imposing coherence on the world.” And I remembered – that’s what, at 3 a.m., I decided writing was – a way of imposing coherence on the world. Mine, anyway. In order to understand the world, I need to write about it.



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I began keeping a journal at the age of nine. Nearly fifty years later, I started this online journal, sharing reflections, reviews, updates, and the occasional secret.

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