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Words make you free. Without words and the mastery of them, the self remains trapped in cliché. This is the burden of any decent English class.

Innocence is not benign.  If we describe our experience only in terms of cultural cliches–shaped by stories received rather than constructed–accurate perception and genuine thought cannot occur. The watchword of literature is “accuracy,” and so reading and writing carry us into an original relation to the world, challenging generalization with particulars known in specific times and places.

Both texts and classrooms are meeting places. Audience and artist meet in the text, and in the classroom members of the audience encounter each others’ readings. When a group reads a rich, significant text together, I’m tempted to describe the experience in sacramental terms. A work of art can host communions.

The Odyssey Project

The Odyssey Project

The Odyssey Project, developed by Robert Schultz and student assistant Kara Drabick, provides a four- or six-week lesson plan and teaching resources for reading Homer’s The Odyssey deeply and actively. High school teachers, grades 9-12, who wish to run a trial of The Odyssey Project should email Schultz ( to receive, without charge, its materials.

Public Speaking

Robert Schultz is available for readings and for talks on literary and cultural topics. Robert Schultz is available for readings and for talks on literary and cultural topics. Speaking topics include fiction readings; poetry readings; nonfiction readings; and slide talks drawn from We Were Pirates: a Torpedoman’s Pacific War, including “The Battle of Midway” and…
Robert Schultz and Hudson Review editor Paula Deitz worked with students at St. Benedict's Preparatory School, Newark, NJ, as part of Hudson's Writers in the Schools program.

“Hardball” and The Hudson Review’s Writers-in-the-Schools Program

As part of The Hudson Review’s New York area Writer’s-in-the-School’s program, editor Paula Deitz and Robert Schultz regularly visit classrooms where Schultz discusses his essay “Hardball” with students and responds to their original work. In his memoir essay, collected in Hudson’s coming-of-age anthology, Writes of Passage, Schultz describes his father’s instruction in turning the double…