I’m Teaching a Writing Class!

Well, I can’t believe I proposed it, got accepted, and I’m going to do it.

I’m going to teach a flash fiction course at my university.  The students are mostly Koreans who speak English as their second language. What can I teach them?

I know what I CAN’T teach them – I can’t teach them to be expert, professional writer (even if I actually fell into that category myself). I’ve 15 weeks of semester, so that’s just not possible.

Okay, so what CAN I teach them?

I will run through the basics of writing, with Making of a Story as one guide, and a multitude of internet resources. I can share flash fiction pieces I find online, and I can get my students reading sites like Every Day Fiction. I can teach basic critical analysis, and I also plan on giving a primer on the world of e-publishing.

There’s no final exam in my plan for the course. Instead, I’m thinking of having a self-published anthology of the students’ best works that goes up on Smashwords, Kindle, Lulu, CreateSpace, and anywhere else that accepts self-published writing.

This gives the students a look at the basic process, and my university likes the idea because it puts the name of the institution on internationally published work. Will the book be a masterpiece? Well…. let’s say I hope it at least gives the students confidence that they CAN keep improving and that they CAN get published.

After I’ve done this course once or twice, I plan to publish my curriculum and syllabus – I hope that what I get out of this will also prove useful to other aspiring writers.

If you, my readers, have any ideas or suggestions for what I should put into a flash course, please leave your comments!

Until next time, I’ve got A LOT of work to do!

2 comments on “I’m Teaching a Writing Class!

  1. I love the applied nature of this course! Taking the students through the ‘how to’ right to publication is fantastic – good for you. A LOT to cover in 15 weeks though. Thoughts on the course…. exercises to get them writing and blasting through writer’s block (I need a few of these myself). Congratulations! This sounds like a lot of fun!

    • TCC Edwards says:

      I know it’s a lot for 15 weeks! It’s my first time, so I have to see what I can and can’t do. I expect this first time to be very rough, but it’ll be worth it. Even if I can’t do much about the publishing side of things, helping students understand basic short story elements is an achievable goal, I think. Another “bare minimum” goal is to get them writing every day. Once I’ve got those goals down, anything additional is a big bonus!

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