Yesterday was the last class of The Fiction Writer's Craft at Evergreen. It's been a ton of fun teaching the students--though room for improvement for sure. Some things worked much better than I had expected while other things didn't work as well as I had hoped--sorta like life.
During the course of the 7-week class, we covered plot arc and character development. Revisions, publishing, etc. We also workshopped student work once a week. Each student had 3 items critiqued in the course of the 7 weeks, which is pretty impressive.
In week 6 of the class we had the non-fiction editor of The Tahoma Literary Review, Yi Shun Lai, visit us on skype and talk about being an editor and how that works, as well as about our worth as writers and monetary compensation for out skills and time.
This class was facilitated by The Evergreen Writing Center, which agreed to let me teach this class as part of my hours. I partnered with Student Originated Study program, Paris Muse, and Alejandro De Acosta, to make sure students received credit for the work they did, even though I'm not a faculty member at Evergreen, only writing center staff. As far as I know, this was the first time anyone had done anything like this, which is really exciting. I love finding ways to do my own thing, and enable other people to do their own thing--in this instance, it's the students.
Sadly, however, the class has come to a close and I will not be returning to the writing center, as the school has pulled the plug on the center hiring alum in the coming years. It saddens me that this door is closing, as I have really enjoyed teaching this class I would have liked to teach a different class through this medium once again.
But it's been a wonderful experience, and it seems as though students have really gotten a lot out of it, as we'll now continue as a writing group, once a week, and critique each other's work. This will be interesting as the power shift between me as a teach and me as a writing group member will inevitably change the interactions we all have.