Sunday, July 03, 2011

Ready to Teach?

"We make sacred pact. I promise teach karate to you. You promise learn. I say. You do. No questions." - Mr. Miyagi from "The Karate Kid"

Are you ready to share what you know about writing? Upper Arlington's Lifelong Learning Program (UALL) is looking for new writing instructors. But you'll have to hurry. The deadline is July 11th. They want to include any new courses in their Fall catalogue.

I've been teaching there since 2001, shortly after I moved back from New Mexico. They make teaching easy. They enroll the students and do most of the advertising. I post flyers around town for my own courses and include all of their classes on my website. They rent the facility and collect the money. I show up and teach. Their courses are marketed to folks who want to enhance their lives. The participants are eager to be there. Most are adults although I do teach the occasional mature teen.

When I was getting ready to move back from New Mexico, Natalie suggested I teach. "Pass on what you know," she said. In order to teach something, I have to really understand it myself. So now, my writing has become a two-fold activity. While part of me writes, a second part of me thinks, "How could I teach this to my students?" It makes for a fuller writing experience.

If you've ever thought about passing on your writing skills, here's an opportunity. UALL is especially looking for folks to teach fiction or methods for making money blogging. But they're always open to new ideas, especially during the Fall session when they try out new classes. To apply send a resume and brief class outline to

1 comment:


Ummm. Sounds interesting. I have not taught a class, ever, in writing but this is something I can see myself doing, not this fall but maybe next session.

First I'd want to be ultra prepared. I have tons of resources at my finger tips. I've been writing for 20+ years with many things pubbed.

I went into my grand daughter's class when she was in third and fourth grades and gave a talk. Beforehand, I had the teacher give the kids a handout I'd made outlining the writing of a short story. THey all wrote one and I judged. SO much fun. I learned more than they did and I also learned how smart they were at that age. They knew what genre was and all sorts of writing terms I learned as an adult.
So thanks for bringing up this topic.
Something new for me to consider. Blessings, Barb
PS I'm so envious that you met "the Natalie."