As I have been developing this “restored English major identity,” and since I am not actually affiliated with any school, I’ve been looking for involvements that justify my title. So far I read books, talk to people about books, go to book clubs, write, read about books, have dreams about books, buy books, read the New Yorker magazine (at least the jokes), and a few other things (AARP magazine).
Last year I was invited to teach storytelling and help with a class about creative writing at the Wake Forest Senior Center. I had my doubts that there would be much interest. Wrong! A remarkably talented and rich in spirit group of people showed up for both the storytelling and the creative writing. Both classes continue free for members of the senior center. (No fee to join the center or take the class.)
Gradually, two realities emerged, one obvious and one surprising. The obvious one is that living long upon the earth leaves you with stories to tell. The surprising part is how many people carry the wish to tell or write their stories, whether to simply share with friends and family or to publish in the larger world. So now I believe I have another element to my curriculum; we will call it “student-teacher.”
Here’s the rub. I’m not a generous enough person to do a lot of this teaching for free. But I’m not a mean enough person to charge an arm and a leg for something that is just plain fun for me. So here’s the bargain. I’m going to offer an affordable option to those who wish to bring that story out of their head for others to read or hear. Go to my Events section under Storytelling on my web page to see what I propose.