Though I am only averaging one poem a month as well as some nonfiction mutterings, I am still putting that MFA to good use. For the past few years I have been thinking about creating a writing outreach program and finally, I did it. Of course, it took a great group of 11th graders to attempt such a thing.
AWOL, Aspiring Writers Outreach Locally, launched last week. My 4th period class is completing Honors English 11 coursework at home and in class on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays, I teach them how to teach writing. On Wednesdays and Thursdays, they (in pairs) go to an elementary class to run little writing workshops.
So far so good.
I am busy busy busy: teach, administrate, write (or think about writing), and run.
Still, I have time to read so if you have any ideas on making an outreach program a success or even just a lesson idea, please comment.