This fall, I’ve been given the opportunity to teach a five-week class on Creative Writing in All Forms for the Osher Lifelong Institute at Cal State East Bay. As of today, I have thirteen students and they’re amazing. They have stories to tell in prose and poetry, and their stories emerge from a lifetime of experience and a wealth of backgrounds. While most are American, one is Bengali, one is German, and I’m an immigrant myself (from Scotland). Many of them have traveled widely and engaged in interesting adventures. Some use the “prompts” I supply as “triggers” for writing rather than the blank page, but some are writing their memoirs or, in one case, speculative fiction. They are lively, they are engaged, and they are a joy to be with. They are as much my teachers as I am theirs. The extra joy is that I can come with ideas, exercises, examples, and conversation starters, and receive their original gifts of language and never have to grade a thing. I can just enjoy.
Posted by: alinesoules | September 22, 2015