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.

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