How to Read

Yes, I know you know how to read. If you are looking at this text, you already know how to read.

But there is reading and there is reading. This is blog series about the latter.

It’s about learning how to step into an author’s shoes and understand how a story works from the inside. It’s all based on something called the “trivium,” a classical education model, which has since been forgotten.

For avid readers, the trivium will help you interact more deeply with a text—to appreciate what the author is doing on a higher level. For aspiring writers, the trivium will teach you how to teach yourself to become a better writer by learning from the masters.

As someone who recently earned an MFA in creative writing, this series is my attempt to share what I’ve learned so that you can receive the benefits of a graduate-level English or Creative Writing program, without the expense.

Below are links to each part of the series, where I go over how it works and how to apply it to your own reading and writing process.

I hope the trivium will be as helpful to you as it was for me.

How to Read: Part 1 – Meet the Trivium

How to Read: Part 2 – The Grammar Stage

How to Read: Part 3 – The Logic Stage

How to Read: Part 4 – The Rhetoric Stage

How to Read: Part 5 – John Updike’s 6 Rules for Constructive Criticism


Suggested reading:

The Well-Educated Mind by Susan Wise Bauer

Write like the Masters by William Cane

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