I just finished a four city tour with Andrew Pudewa of Institute for Excellence in Writing and what a trip it was!
We divided up six talks between us as follows:
- Andrew P talked about the four arts of language: listening, reading, speaking, and writing. This laid the foundation for the day.
- Then I talked about the five paths to writing greatness:
- The linguistic
- The literary
- The critical
- The theoretical
- The practical
- Then I discussed the three canons of classical composition and, briefly, how classical compostion went out with the rejection of the Christian classical tradition at the end of the 19th century.
- Andrew P talked about the four stages to lead a student from report writing to essay writing (Developing the essayist: A natural approach)
- Reports (facts) about animals, states, and countries
- Reports about people, things, and events, selecting topics based on your opionions
- Thesis on literature, using topics selected to support the thesis
- Strategic persuasive essay about an issue that matters
- Andrew and I discussed assessment. This talk was the one in which I learned the most over our four days and by the time we got to Dallas (echoes of Glenn Campbell?) we had combined and permutated our ideas into something really useful.
- Panel discussion, different in each location and always fascinating.
Keep your eyes open because the Dallas presentation was videotaped by the IEW folks and I anticipate it being available in the not too distant future.
I can’t say enough how grateful I am to Andrew Pudewa for mentoring me and bringing me into his orbit. What a fine and good man.
Thank you Andrew.