This is the title of a news article my friend Jerrie Alexander http://www.jerriealexander.com/ wrote quite a few years ago before either of us were published authors. Because I publish my own books now, (Thanks, Jerrie, for all the assistance.), I seldom experience the agony around pushing the Send Button. I don’t enter contests anymore. Besides the goal of getting feedback, the hope was to catch an editor or publisher, which I’m no longer looking for.
But Tuesday, I had to push “Submit.” Just as angst producing as pushing Send for a contest or trying to get an agent or editor interested in my baby.
You may ask, “What were you submitting?” Well, I’m going to tell you. Texas Christian University (where I received my Masters degree) has a program for “older” TCU folks and the community. It’s called “Silver Frogs.”https://lifelong.tcu.edu/ Every Fall and Spring, courses are offered on all sorts of subjects.
Wednesday was the deadline for submitting RFPs for the fall semester.
This photo of Texas Christian University is courtesy of TripAdvisor
A friend from church suggested I should do a course on self-publishing. I thought, sure I can do that. I mean I’ve self-published three of my own books now and will a 4th one this fall sometime. (That will be The Second Chances Series, Book 3, ACT OF BETRAYAL.)
So I went on-line to check out the proposal process. Did I want to do one 90-minute session or four 90-minute sessions? Well, I’d have preferred two 90 minute sessions. One session is just not long enough to do much of anything, but did I know enough four 90- minute sessions? I sat down and typed a few topics and sub topics and then I tried to divide them into four classes. Well, what do you know? I have enough material to cover all that time. The trick will be to make it somewhat interactive and not all lecture. I won’t start on a power point presentation until I hear if I get selected. I might not. I’ve never taught the class before, but I am a TCU grad and a local published author with a pretty good social media presence. (Well, it’s in existence. LOL) If you don’t apply, you don’t get. It’s kind of fun that when I was getting my MAT I taught a Voice & Diction class at TCU.
In searching for the TCU Logo above, I found this great shot of Fort Worth. It’s from USA & World Report Best Colleges list.
My writer friend, Jo-Ann Carson, just taught a 3-hour course at a local college, and has already been a great resource. (If you haven’t read any of her books, you should check her out. She writes quirky heroines with humor and suspense.) http://www.jo-anncarson.com/
A couple of weeks ago, I taught a Women’s Circle Bible lesson. Hadn’t “taught” anything in a long time. It was fun and as is always the case, the teacher learns the most. I’d forgotten how much I enjoy teaching.
I hope I get a chance to do the Silver Frogs course and of course, I’ll keep you posted.
Are you a teacher? What have you taught that you really enjoy? Do you do it regularly or just on occasion? Love to hear from you.