When Oceanside English teacher, Claire Grogan felt outside inspiration was needed for her AP students, she invited her past professor and author of 14 novels, Roger Rosenblatt to Oceanside High School to do just that. Hailed by the New York Times as the author of "some of the most profound and stylish writing in America today," and by UPI as a "national treasure," he was just the man to show high school students what it means to be a writer.
Immediately Roger was able to capture the teenager's attention with his humor, sincerity and ability to express his ideas fluently. The room filled by about 50 kids sat attentively as Roger went on to talk about life as a writer, with its ups and downs. He spoke of his theories about how we form memories through every day objects and the motivation we need to progress through a new door when an old one has closed. The tragic death of his daughter, which led to two grieving, bestselling novels, Lapham Rising and Making Toast, were topics of conversation in how he was able to move on using only his memories and words and that it is "better to fail at one's own life than to fail at another's."
It was an honest talk, and one that left the audience wanting to know more. For the writers in the audience, Roger had advice for them to have the means to achieve their dream. Questions from the teens showed interest into the mind of the author, father and grandfather. Mr. Rosenblatt said that human beings are all natural storytellers. He encouraged all of the students to "go and tell the story."