Lad Tobin

American educator and author. After earning degrees at Earlham College, the University of Chicago, and the University of New Hampshire, Tobin embarked on a lifelong career as a college writing teacher. A specialist in composition theory and creative nonfiction, he currently teaches at Boston College, where he was the founder and longtime director of the first-year writing program. His autobiographical essays, which have appeared in the Sun, the Rumpus, Utne Reader, and Fourth Genre, usually focus on how in midlife he has rediscovered his adolescent memories, hobbies, and obsessions. Tobin is also the author of numerous articles and two books—Writing Relationships: What Really Happens in the Composition Class (1991) and Reading Student Writing: Confessions, Meditations, and Rants (2004)—about teaching writing. He encourages his students to follow Grace Paley's advice: "You write from what you know but you write into what you don't know." See also thesunmagazine.org/author/lad-tobin.