Brad Felver


Mr. Brad Felver

Position: Lecturer
Phone: 419-372-7545
Address: 212 East Hall

As a teacher of writing I believe I have an obligation to each individual student. I often find that a fifteen minute conference with one student proves more fruitful that a week of standard, full-class lessons. Each student has a unique perspective and unique struggles, and we must find a way to engage with these on an individual basis. Conferences are time-consuming and often frustrating. I get it. But they also work. A teacher of writing simply must find a way to make such individualized instruction a priority.

I find Malcolm Gladwell’s notion--that it takes 10,000 hours of something to become proficient--applicable to the writing classroom. While the 10,000 part can feel bleak and perhaps extreme, the sentiment remains strong. Learning how to write well takes lots of time. We write several drafts. We start the same sentence five different ways. We agonize over word choice. But the more we do this, the more we establish our own unique and effective processes. I often tell my students that I write my own fiction for three hours each morning, even when I’m in a crummy mood or have an otherwise full plate. Worse, I find that for every ten pages I write, I only unearth about one page of critical mass worth saving. It’s an awful ratio, but it’s the act of doing—the act of repetition—that creates the strong writing. Helping students discover their own processes is my job.


Presenter. “Writing Placement: The Virtues of Inefficiency.”  Session Title: It Takes a Village:  Escalating Assessment through a Social Culture.  Examining Assessment: Principles and Practices for Writing Classrooms and Programs. The Sixth Annual North Carolina Symposium on Teaching Writing, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC.  February 28-March 1, 2014.

Presenter. “Constructing Identity in a State of Transition.” Session Title: WPAs in Liminal Spaces:  Evolving an Independent Writing Program When Normal Fails.  Queering the Writing Program.  Council of Writing Program Administrators Conference, Coastal Georgia Center, Savannah, GA.  July 18-21.  2013.