“How I Write” – A Video Resource


How I Write” is a series of conversations with faculty and other advanced writers to explore the nuts and bolts, pleasures and pains, of all types of writing. While content is always an issue, the conversation will primarily focus on work styles, such as where, when, and how a writer composes, allowing us to examine habits, idiosyncrasies, techniques, trade secrets, hidden anxieties, and delights. We will discuss how a writer generates ideas, sustains large-scale projects, combines research with composition, overcomes various impediments and blocks, and cultivates stylistic innovations. Writing communities share experiences (even bad ones), so that all writers can learn and grow and Stanford is an exceptionally rich community for gaining such insights.

Co-Sponsored by Undergraduate Research Programs and the Stanford Writing Center

Join Hilton Obenzinger, Associate Director for Honors Writing, Undergraduate Research Programs, in a conversation on the techniques, quirks, and joys of advanced writers producing work in all fields and genres. The link below includes an interview with Sianne Ngai, author of Ugly Feelings and a favorite of Unsaid.


Below, the shameful results of our own manic method.

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