Molding teens into heartfelt writers

I was invited to speak about writing to a class of sophomores and juniors last week.

My friend Sherry Weir, who teaches the research and essay-writing class, asked me if I, “an esteemed, published author, would be willing to come talk to and encourage my essay-writing class.”

How could I turn that down? But I don’t know whether I choked more when I read the word “esteemed” or the class description “research and essay writing.”

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