About the Bull

The Writing Bull is a site for fearless writers, the ones who look the matador in the eye and brace to kill him.

I have a specific audience in mind: my students, those with whom I work now, all those I’ve had the privilege of teaching in the past, and those who will walk into the classroom in the future.

Here you will find essays on the writing life, and how the written word, for some of us, is everything. It is our way of seeing the world.

I strive to teach my students not to fear. I set out to give them, through their own writing, the tools to confront the meanness of life: to nurture the rampant bull in their souls, the one that will charge the world and make the soulless ones run. I hope to do the same in these essays and podcasts.