A conversation with Joseph Hone, of Wroxton College
Interview by Dan Landau; photo by Art Petrosemolo
Besides being a critically-acclaimed writer, Joseph Hone is a much loved lecturer at Wroxton College, where he teaches a course on creative writing as well as part three of the University Core program, “Cross-Cultural Perspectives."
FDU: How should students prepare for a class with you?
JH: Be prepared to ask questions.
FDU: How did you come to be interested in teaching creative writing and cross-cultural perspectives?
JH: I was a BBC correspondent in South East Asia, India, and Africa and hence have a good background in what I teach.
FDU: What is it like to teach a whole new class of students each semester?
JH: Fine. I make it clear from the start that the courses are to be enjoyed.
FDU: What is the one thing that you want each of your students to come away with from your classes?
JH: Knowledge of new things which surprise them and make them want to know more of the subject.
FDU: The toughest part of your job is…
JH: Making certain I give fair grades.
FDU: The most rewarding part of your job is...
JH: Teaching willing students (most are!).
FDU: Your favorite Wroxton memory…
JH: Seeing all the new students arrive off the coach at the start of each semester.
FDU: What is it like to teach for an American university in the heart of England?JH: I’m lucky to teach at Wroxton. It’s a very fine place for teaching, for me and the students.