Susan Naomi Bernstein was a WITS writer 2001-2004. She remembers one WITS experience fondly:
“The teachers at my school invited me on an evening stargazing field trip out at one of the state parks just outside Houston. That evening, two of the 4th grade girls confided that they wanted to be writers when they grew up. Then we went out to stargaze using the high powered telescope at the park– and I saw the rings of Saturn for the very first time.”
She recalls that her years with WITS changed the way she thought about writing:
“WITS reminded me of the embodied experience of writing– of how and why writing opens doors and windows and allows the sun to flood in, as well as the rain and the snow and the falling leaves. WITS changed the ways in which I write– and the ways in which I teach writing.”
These days Susan is teaching and writing in Queens, New York. She is an Assistant Professor of English at LaGuardia Community College CUNY, and she is the author of Teaching Development Writing: Background Readings (Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2006).