Nancy Cook-Writing Instructor
Socrates wrote, “The unconsidered life is not one worth living,” and I feel passionate about teaching writing and literature as a means for cultivating more meaningful lives. The ability to think critically and express oneself clearly is such an important attribute of any good student or good citizen.
I hope students of writing leave my class with an increased ability to think critically about the arguments they encounter in their own lives and in the media; I hope they feel a sense of pride in their original compositions. Writing well matters—in so many ways. And writing well is challenging. However, by embracing a realistic process which includes a willingness to revise—at both the sentence level and the higher level of reasoning with ideas, any student can succeed.
I feel rewarded when I see students embrace writing as a process for approaching diverse forms of academic inquiry with vigor, persistence, and personal flair. Our Columbia Pacific students bring such a rich sense of place to the page, and I genuinely love learning my students’ stories which teach more about this wonderful place I call home. The personal essay is also a fine vehicle for thoughtfully considering important issues of diversity and social justice in our communities. Through research writing assignments, I embrace the challenge of helping students cultivate a mature sense of information literacy required for academic success and engaged citizenry. Finally, I love the various opportunities I’ve found (Ales & Ideas, Fisher Poets, RAIN Magazine, and other collaborations) to bridge what happens at CCC with the wider cultural community of businesses, artists, galleries, and more which make Astoria such a special place to live.