Marianne Erhardt

Marianne Erhardt
Assistant Teaching Professor
erhardmj@wfu.edu

I teach writing because writing shapes culture, and we all participate in that process. In the classroom, I offer my students opportunities to locate themselves as writers in context. This context might be personal, historical, institutional, geographic, artistic, or academic. As students learn to claim, revise, crop, or extend the worlds in which their writing lives, I see writers with growing agency, clarity, and pleasure at their capacity to say what is true. It is a thrill every time a student tells me that they were “never a writer” or “hated writing” and have found that they have come to like it, even love writing, even though it is much more work than they thought it was supposed to be.

My background is in creative writing and it shows. Often my students comment that “all of the assignments are creative,” even research projects with intense scholarly research requirements. I’m committed to offering assignments that are meaningful to students. My recent courses at Wake have explored themes of friendship, play, clothing, social nonfiction, and moral imagination. I am also interested in community engaged teaching (CET), with experience partnering college courses with writing workshops in elementary schools and a prison. I’m excited to bring more CET into my courses through my ACE Fellowship.

When I’m not teaching writing, I’m practicing. My work appears in Oxford American, Conjunctions, Phoebe, and Ninth Letter. I’m currently working on a series of lyrical essays.