Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1)
Robert Olen Butler is the author of A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain. The aim of this lesson is to examine Butler’s life and writing.
Class Discussion: When did Butler begin writing? Where did he do his first writing? What was his occupation at the time? Why is he controversial? In what way does he usually reinvent himself for each new book? What does Butler mean when he refers to “dreamspace”? How is that a tool that he uses in his writing? What was unusual about the way he wrote one of his short stories? What does he believe writing students need to be taught? Does he do that in his own writing? Why does he say that he doesn’t have to prove anything about his writing to anyone anymore? How many books does he write a year? How long are his...
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