ETFL Students and Faculty Learn About Bad Guys and Good Guys

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Grimes reading
Dr. Grimes reads from his latest work

While ETFL Faculty member Dr. Peter Grimes' "Bad Guys, Good Guys" will not be available until the winter/spring edition of the Alaska Quarterly Reviewon November 1, faculty and students got a sneak preview at a department-hosted reading.

The creative nonfiction essay focuses on his moral development as a child. The essay includes accounts of what he terms "naughty shading into dangerous behavior on my part up through adolescence, as well as my friend and I ambitiously founding a 'detective agency' in the attic of my parents' house."

In the question and answer session that followed, both faculty and students discussed the difficulties and pleasures of composing creative nonfiction, as well as the ways that public readings affected the creative writing process.

"It was fun to have students see me in a new role, practicing what I preach," said Grimes. "They were an attentive and inquisitive audience. I look forward to more of these faculty presentations by my colleagues."