“Up to Snuff” was something said to Ms. Osei-Bonsu by a newspaper in Chicago as a rookie getting into journalism young. What “Up to Snuff” came to be for her later was the design of a “ladder” in writing, to climb up and grow as a writer by teaching herself and to use that research to be a wise guide for other writers. “The writing education I longed for did not exist yet,” so Ms. Osei-Bonsu became one of the pioneers of it. The challenge was how do you really thoroughly teach a writer to be “wielding” and instill a deep talent for the field? Up to Snuff came to be a column on the www.revolvingstream.com blog/database that is planned for publication as a print edition text book for use in schools around the world. The ultimate goal for the “Up to Snuff” column and book is to found “The Snuff School of Writing,” based on the research from the book.
Things discovered while compiling “Up to Snuff,” were that a writer needs lots of book lists; a writer needs to be well read and should develop a private library. A writer needs “templates” for many different kinds of writing. A writer needs a good desk top reference book list. A writer needs to study syntax. A writer needs to know about conventionality in writing. A writer needs to test their range. A writer needs to use precise words. A writer needs wisdom. A writer, especially a writing teacher, should study in a variety of programs and even engage in interdisciplinary studies for a broader knowledge base from which to write. With Social Science or research based writing or “data rich” writing or academic writing are all very good ways of achieving sophisticated work. Creative writing may benefit from tested techniques such as taking a sampling or writing non-stop. A writer can plan as a basis for later books, crafting dynamic PHD’s or dissertation research or advanced studies to become an authority on a subject area.
Ms. Osei-Bonsu is studying in two interdisciplinary programs at Eastern Michigan University and at the Vermont Military School, Norwich University. She studied design at Central Saint Martin’s College of Art And Design in London. Ms. Osei-Bonsu has written for three newspapers including Afrique Newsmagazine where she was an arts columnist. She received an Irene Little Wallace Award from the Dept. of English Literature at EMU. She got started in writing with an informal audit of a personal essay class at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York where she was formerly on staff. Ms. Osei-Bonsu is the author of two books of poetry including, “Magic 8 and the Bone Marrow Sucker,” and “The Pearl Reader,” which are available on www.trafford.com and www.amazon.com.