"Do the right thing. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest."
--Mark Twain
I have been writing a long time...sometimes it seems like forever. My first venture into creative writing was a poem I wrote for my mother when I was 12 years old. She wrote a poem in response, and thus began a 28-year adventure in poetic correspondence that changed my life. I discovered the wonder of words and the beauty of the imagery and emotions they invoke when painting a prose portrait or sculpting a poetic piece for posterity. In my 40-odd year work history, I have always concentrated on clear and precise communication, using the most appropriate and meaningful words available to me. My resume is attached below for any who wish to look at my work history. It reflects all the important stuff except the last few months during which I tried my hand a substitute teaching.

My publication history is available on my personal Web site.

I'm 59 years young, retired from a career at Michigan Technological University (my alma mater) and a recent stint as communications manager for a non-profit music festival. I taught courses at MTU in special projects in technical writing for graduate students and remedial study skills for in incoming first-year students. I believe this gives me a unique and poignant picture of the needs of many students for a greater focus on clear and effective writing.
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Elwin McKellar,
Sep 2, 2009, 10:51 AM