I’m so excited because tomorrow begins a new chapter in my teaching career. Tomorrow marks the first day I will teach a creative writing class. It’s hard to believe that I’ve taught for sixteen years without ever once instructing a creative writing course, but it’s true.
I’m particularly excited because I can share with the students quite a bit of real world application when it comes to creative writing. We can explore so many traditional and nontraditional publishing avenues, contacting agents, setting up readings, developing a website, partaking in social media–all of those things that are necessary to reach an audience. After all, writing the story is just the first step.
I am ecstatic to help these students find their voices, experiment with different genres, hone their craft, build their confidence, and learn about the business side as well. I’ll share with them my victories, but also my blunders. I think both will provide ample learning opportunity.
However, my number one priority when I meet them tomorrow for the first time? Ask them what they want to learn. Their requests will drive the course.
Wish us luck!