Past Instructors

Winn Collier Winn Collier's writing seminar "The Art of Blogging" will be held Saturday, April 16.

When did you first feel like a writer?

I believe it was third grade when my mom gave me an old manual typewriter, the kind that traveling salesmen would use in the 40's. It was a clunker, but it was good enough for me to begin my memoir ... in third grade. I couldn't possibly have had much to say, but I did my best to fill up a page.

What's your philosophy about teaching a writing class?

I think we're all looking to have our imagination stretched. Writing, as any art, is a magnificently horrifying, beautifully insane endeavor. Most of us do it because we must - and perhaps because we are a bit loony. But we don't have to do it alone. I don't know many writers who want to keep their words to themselves. So, my philosophy is to gather round the table with other writers and share our words and our sentences and see what kind of mischief we can stir up.

If you could meet any fictional character, who would it be and why?

It would be Thaddeus Bogert, this character that has been rolling around in my mind. He's the sort of man I've been looking for most my life, the sort of man I hope I might be someday. Or maybe Jim Casy from Grapes of Wrath, there's an earthiness to him, a mixture of pain and joy and "no bullshit" that I like.

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