Writing Is a Foreign Language, And a Senior Writing Workshop Is a Tower of Babel Whose Many Languages Need To Be Translated

Michelle Barany


This paper, presented at the CCCC 2008 Senior Citizens Writing session,
draws upon my experiences as a senior workshop member and past teacher.
Addressing workshop leaders, it emphasizes the need for the many-faceted
seniors’ voices to be “translated” and tested within a workshop’s microcosm
before entering the outside world’s macrocosm.

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