Nervous about the future commitments I'm juggling: my ongoing editorial duties at CRAFT (always interesting), my upcoming duties on the judging panel for the chapbook contest at BLACK LAWRENCE PRESS in June and August (also interesting, also time-consuming), and now teaching.
CRAFT is part of a consortium of profit-making literary magazines with relatively new corporate owners. They make a lot of money from contests, and now want to move into teaching, so we're looking at models at other magazines. Many, many, are doing that now. We just talked about it at our last Zoom editorial meeting, and I've just gotten an invitation from Robert Vaughan at BENDING GENRES to teach one of their weekend workshops. I've committed myself to September, I have no idea what I'll do (flash CNF maybe? of what sort?) and I'm nervous about it but also interested. Long ago I thought I might teach in the Scholar OLLI program for continuing ed at Cal State. This will be much more interesting and will undoubtedly attract much more interesting students. Up to 20, which is a lot since I'll be doing three days of thorough written critiques of their work. I wonder how much they write in two days?
Just finishing up my ten days In Kathy Fish's Fast Flash Workshop, and I've written ten flash and I like all of them! Her critiques are lengthy and insightful, but positive feedback only and I like that as a pedagogical principle, since I have an extremely critical writing group in San Francisco that will set me straight later.