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Teach.Write: Where Good Writing Is Never an Afterthought

“Writing for publication should be a top priority for every composition teacher at every educational level,” says Katie Winkler, founder and publisher of the new literary journal Teach.Write. “Doing so reminds us of what a struggle good writing is—to find an idea, narrow it down, compose, revise, edit, proofread, and most of all, become vulnerable to criticism.”

Teach.Write is a lit mag featuring writers that are or have ever been writing instructors at a college, university, public school, or through any continuing education program.

The inaugural issue launched September 1. A PDF version is available for free; readers may also order a print version.

The maiden voyage of Teach.Write features poets Brenda Kay Ledford, Kenneth Pobo, and David Radavich; fiction by Tom Hooker and Bill Vernon; and nonfiction by Tamra Wilson, among others.

Teach.Write accepts flash fiction under 1,000 words; short fiction under 5,000 words; poetry up to 100 lines; and creative nonfiction up to 2,000 words. Submissions for the Spring, 2018 issue open October 1. For complete submission info, click here.

Writing teachers stop writing themselves for many reasons: fatigue from grading papers and editing other people’s work; lack of time; fear of rejection. But Katie Winkler, who also serves as co-rep of the Henderson County regional group of the North Carolina Writers’ Network, argues that none of these are reasons to quit writing.

Our own writing should never be an afterthought. And good writing is the standard of excellence for this new, necessary literary journal out of Western North Carolina.

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