I Can’t Teach You How to Write

I cannot teach anyone how to write.

That’s quite an admission as I begin teaching a course called Historical Methods, which is about historical research and . . . WRITING.

I’ve done this for fifteen out of the last 21 years. I’ve had some some students write some pretty good papers. Some not so good.

The act of writing is usually accompanied by all sorts griping and nagging — mine — and procrastination — theirs.

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