I loved bringing in a professional writer–Chris Rosenblum, the Director of Communications for our school district–to my advanced writing courses today. Students loved engaging with someone who makes all the theoretical tips practical and real.
In addition to bringing a wealth of interesting stories about professional work, he confirmed my insistence on strong verbs! He told them all about varied sentence patterns! He even reiterated exactly what I told them they should do in a job interview and on their cover letters. I could have cried with joy. I wanted to say, “See! See! I’m not crazy!”
I think sometimes it matters to students to see that you mean what you say, that you’re not the only one shouting from the rooftops about verbs and semicolons. It was a great day.
My favorite tip from Chris Rosenblum: Don’t be boring.