LeAnne Laux-Bachand attended the Workshop in fiction in 1994 and in poetry in 1995, then joined the residential staff as a teacher and counselor from 1999-2001.
I am in Bellingham, WA, at Western Washington University, finishing up an MA in English.
I am a graduate student English 101 instructor for the next week, when I graduate :) I love helping students with their writing, I love my fellow grad students and the faculty, and I love the thrill of a class period that works.
I listen to NPR while I do the dishes. I am reading student essays and articles about the Common Core and Frederick Douglass (separate articles; I haven’t found any that combine the two) – this is for a seminar paper I’m writing.
I just finished a thesis, a collection of inter-related essays, mostly about my adolescence. It represents at least two years of writing, my professors’ and classmates’ feedback, and a few hours digging around in my parents’ basement for old documents.
When I was a student at YWW, in the mid-90s, the Internet wasn’t much of a thing yet, and so my new friends and I wrote letters to each other after we got back home. I still have all those letters. YWW was important to me in so many ways – as a writer, a teacher, a student, a woman – but I think the biggest influence was as a friend. I learned how to build friendships across the country, the page, and now, the years.
Don’t throw away your bad stuff; you may want to look at it later, and laugh.