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Larry BrownA Writer's Life$
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Jean W. Cash

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781604739800

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604739800.001.0001

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“Fire Notes” becomes On Fire, 1991–1994

“Fire Notes” becomes On Fire, 1991–1994

(p.131) Chapter Eight “Fire Notes” becomes On Fire, 1991–1994
Larry Brown

Jean W. Cash

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter describes the doubt Larry Brown felt regarding his ability to teach. He was also hesitant to criticize student writing, since “you’re messing with something that has come out of somebody’s heart and soul. I tell them if it doesn’t work this time, they’ve got to keep trying and believing in themselves.” Brown found his first taste of teaching as an associate instructor at the 1991 Bread Loaf conference, where Orman Day, another participant of the conference, described him as “quite approachable” and particularly sympathetic to students. Brown’s workshops were popular and thus quite crowded, and he was much less formal in the classroom than were some of the other teachers.

Keywords:   doubt, ability to teach, associate instructor, Bread Loaf conference, Orman Day

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