KWIK KWOTES: For Aspiring Writers (and Weary Teachers/Editors)

Author/editor/teacher William Goyen (1915-1983)
Author/editor/teacher William Goyen (1915-1983)

“Teaching writing is draining … Especially the way I do it …  I believe that everybody can write. And in believing and teaching this, what happens, of course, is enormous productivity on the part of many students. One’s students produce so much that he is followed down the street by the mass of stuff he’s encouraged! I mean, he’s overtaken by it. And there’s that much more work to do and more conferences to hold, and it’s a depleting and exhausting thing. Just as exhausting as editing.”

William Goyen talking to interviewer Robert Phillips in Paris Review Winter 1976

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