When it comes to teaching writing, I’m a total devotee of process: open-minded exploration and experimentation can lead us into direct, distinct, personal encounters with artmaking—encounters that expand and deepen our sense of what’s possible—and that’s what it’s all about. The only thing a person really needs, the essential thing, is curiosity. Everything else flows from there, opening the way to fresh ideas about what writing is and what it can do.
Evan James is the author of the comedic novel Cheer Up, Mr. Widdicombe and a collection of personal essays, I’ve Been Wrong Before. He’s a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and has taught at the Iowa Young Writers’ Studio, the Berlin Writers’ Workshop, Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand, The Center for Fiction in Brooklyn, and Pierrepont School, where he built and oversaw the growth of the Creative Writing department for four years. His work has appeared in Oxford American, The New York Times, Travel + Leisure, and many other publications. He was a fellow at the Lambda Literary Writers’ Retreat from Emerging LGBTQ Voices, and has participated in writing residencies in Bulgaria, Finland, and Kenya. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.