INTERVIEW WITH JAY KAUFFMANN
When did you first feel like a writer?
What's your philosophy about teaching a writing class?
If you could meet any fictional character, who would it be and why?
Jay Kauffmann’s fiction and nonfiction have appeared in numerous publications and anthologies here and abroad. Winner of the Andrew Grossbardt Memorial Prize and nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best New American Voices, he has taught at Randolph College, Vermont College, University of Virginia, and Miller School.
WHAT WRITERHOUSE STUDENTS ARE SAYING ABOUT JAY
“Jay is a highly skilled teacher. His passion for writing is infectious.”
“Jay is an excellent guide. I felt both challenged and supported. Great tools and 8 good weeks of inspiration.”
“Great ability to offer honest, constructive feedback based on craft without crushing anyone’s soul.”
“Really great emphasis on technique and style. Great job encouraging writers of all levels.”
“Jay uses class time well, balancing instruction, discussion, and workshop.”
“I believe my writing will improve because of Jay Kauffmann. His discourse on voice, point of view, style and technique was illuminating. The handouts provided excellent examples. Jay’s critique of our work was extremely helpful. He led the class with a positive tone and encouraged comments and suggestions between classmates.”
From Jay’s Advanced Class:
“One thing Jay does very well-he brings order to the chaos of writing. At times, I’ve sensed that my work—or someone else’s—wasn’t quite right, but I couldn’t identify why. Jay consistently, wisely, and kindly sheds light on not just the good, but importantly, the bad, and it’s helped me improve. I’ll be back.”
“Jay brings a lot of experience to his teaching. He is attentive, thorough, and honest in his feedback. I enjoyed the writing samples he brought in, as well as the prompts. I loved the smaller, advanced format.”
“This was such a wonderful course—Jay gives such thoughtful, rich feedback and helpful prompts. So encouraging and also challenging in what he expects of us. He gave us some really great pieces to read and I would welcome more of it.”
“I enjoyed how challenged I was in this class to go outside of my comfort zone and stretch my writing style. I enjoyed the supportive and collaborative environment. I am so appreciative of Jay’s ability to balance sensitivity while still challenging us to perfect our art.”