Day 46: Students

I never counted how many students I taught during the eight years or so I was on the faculty of the Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars. I'm guessing the tally would be in the low hundreds, both undergrads and graduate students.

I am always happy when I learn that a former student has achieved success as a writer. My (no doubt) incomplete list of students and interns who endured my maxims and critiques and went on to do fine written work now includes:

I still hear from former pupils on occasion, which is always gratifying, and often when I do hear from one it's because he or she has a new book. Which is the case with Aaron Shulman, whose The Age of Disenchantments: The Epic Story of Spain’s Most Notorious Literary Family and the Long Shadow of the Spanish Civil War is coming soon from Ecco/HarperCollins. I've not seen a copy yet, but it sounds like a book I'll want to read.

Back in 1996, I published an essay about what it was like to teach my first class at Johns Hopkins University. You can find it here.