Visiting Artist at Wheaton College

September 1, 2015

I'm so pleased to be invited to participate in the Eveyln Danzig Haas '39 Visiting Artists Program at Wheaton College this fall. I'll be guest teaching a class in creative nonfiction with a theme of triangulation in the personal essay. My favorite way of illustrating this idea is with what's called the "wall pass" in soccer. (Player 1 passes to Player 2, then advances toward the goal to make a shot after Player 2 returns the ball.) It's a great metaphor for the idea of toggling... moving back and forth between related, but different, subjects. The idea being that small-scale descriptive passages can help open the field for larger, more philosophical explorations. Annie Dillard's "Living Like Weasels" is a great example of this technique. As is G. K. Chesterton's beauty-beauty-beautiful "A Piece of Chalk."