“Learning to write well is learning to explore one’s own beliefs, contradictions, tensions, and traumas and recognizing those complicating moments not as topics for writing, but as access to the craft itself.”
Brandon Arvesen is an instructor of writing in Goucher College’s Center for Contemporary and Creative Writing. He taught English literature and creative writing in the Baltimore City Public School System for twelve years before transitioning to Goucher full time. At Goucher College, he teaches writing studies to first-year students and has worked with students on independent study courses in personal essay and memoir. Brandon’s classes are not composition-themed lectures. Instead, he approaches teaching writing as an exploration and deconstruction of students’ identities and writing habits in order to help students see themselves as writers regardless of their intended majors and future careers.
Research, Scholarship, Creative Work in Progress
- Several small articles & profiles about Baltimore citizens and the social and art scenes within the city.
- A novel-length memoir & biography about my father, who was a professional gambler, and the rippling effects that lifestyle and worldview created in and around my family.
- “Lizard Brain” Published on Everyday Fiction, Jan. 26, 2019