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The Gentle Power of Journaling

Martha McPhee
The New York Times / thewirecutter.com

Professor of English Martha McPhee, a core faculty member in the MFA program in Creative Writing, has a column published in thewirecutter.com, a New York Times site, titled “Why I Carry a Notebook Everywhere,” about her on-again, off-again history with journaling, and how she’s recently made it a part of her classes.

On her blog, Professor McPhee writes that she actually composed this essay last summer – “long before Covid-19. Keeping a journal now however, observing, bearing witness, taking note of all this pandemic brings, is more important than ever. It’s urgent, actually.”

Professor McPhee’s fifth novel, An Elegant Woman , will be published on June 2.

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