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May 13, 2013 at 8:35 pm

New York Writer Discovers She’s the Subject of Class

What happens when a writer discovers that she’s being written about?

Author M.J. Iuppa noticed a surge in online interest in her essay “Daylight Savings Time,” and then she discovered that her essay was assigned reading for a creative nonfiction class at Ohio University—and the students were publishing reviews of her essay in online blogs. Iuppa, a writer and poet from New York state, read them all, she says on her blog, where she posted part of a review by and Ohio University student writing under the pseudonym Elinor Addison James and majoring in Creative Writing and Molecular and Cellular Biology Iuppa noted:

I was impressed by all of the students’ efforts; their voices”heard” in a public space. Kudos to the professor at Ohio University for this project. Found Miss Elinor ‘s blog first and responded to her entry. I do hope she continues using the blog beyond her class obligation. I like the idea of mini reviews. Certainly, the practice hones critical writing and reading skills.

Lastly, I am honored and thrilled that these students selected my work to respond to in their course work. The essay isn’t easy, yet they found the essence of what was and wasn’t being said about love.

Read Iuppa’s blog.

Read James’ review of Iuppa’s work.

The Creative Writing course was taught by Ohio University College of Arts & Sciences alum David Wanczyk, who earned a master’s in Creative Writing: Poetry in 2006 and a Ph.D. in Creative Writing: Nonfiction in 2010. Wanczyk is now Director of Special Programs, including the Spring Literary Festival and our visiting writers’ series, and an adjunct professor in the Department of English. He has published essays, poems, and reviews in several journals, including Alimentum, Brevity, and Quarter After Eight.

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