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Charles Deemer

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MFA, Playwriting, University of Oregon

Writing faculty, Portland State University (part-time)

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"An artist's only concern is to shoot for some kind of perfection, and on his own terms, not anyone else's."
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Monday, October 16, 2006  
I seem to sleep in four-hour cycles. Having crashed early, I was near the end of one when rain pounding the roof woke me. Got up and did some teacherly things, now ready to return. Monday and Tuesday morning look like clear days for me, not much more to attend to in my teaching hat. Wednesday is always my big day for reading student work.

Still amazed at the talent at auditions yesterday. 20 year-olds too often get a bad press. I admire the hell out of young artists of any discipline who take their art seriously. It's so easy to "talk" being an artist, so much harder to do something about it. As a writing teacher, other than my day-to-day stuff in the classroom and university environment, I love those opportunities when I can boot a talented young writer in the butt and propel them in a direction in which they start taking themselves seriously. The good ones are always better than they think but often not as disciplined as they should be. Many just give up. Discipline, nurturing one's own talent, is hard work that requires patience and dedication. When I see this happening, I can be a great rooting section and now and again maybe help a writer avoid a pitfall. It's part of giving back.

10/16/2006 03:04:00 AM | 2 comments

Looking for a class- a teacher- Your quote from Salinger stopped me and your message kept me here.
Was reading "The Laughing Man" in NINE STORIES this weekend. Throughout the story it seemed Salinger was telling more than showing. . . but, then again, he wasn't and I loved how he did it. . . kept making mental notes-- how he said, "I gave the boy sitting on my right a poke in the ribs with my elbow. . ." where I would have written, "I elbowed the boy on my right." His word poke comes along with a motion-- the visual flash and feel of ribs being poked. I realized how badly I need a teacher. . . and then I found you.
Am downloading Screenwright and see you have a class starting in January but my head is jammed so full of stories and ideas and dialogue that I can't shop for groceries for all of the clatter going on in there- my five children are starving and I haven't had ear wax in six months. January may as well be next year and by then my condition may have deteriorated to the point where I haven't a brain left. Who knows about the kids. Very much need a talented teacher with a good solid steel-toed boot to correct my Discipline Deficiency Disease. Don't have access to that where I am on the backside of the Tetons. Am a writer by nature-- not one to ask for help and know curiosity killed the cat but I am not a cat so. . .
Do you have a class starting sooner? My teenage daughters are texting me out of a bank account and now must write for a roof and heat (not worried about food because I can't shop anyway.)

Am not a blogger and don't know much about how this works- but am realizing if I tell you about me I also tell the world. . .
Hi, World.



No, my next online class is Jan. not before. However, if you are self-motivated and have SCREENWRIGHT, it is designed as a course and you can take it on your own. Then later, if you choose, you can take the formal class to get feedback from me.

You might also check other online classes which may have a better start date for you. Some are listed at
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