Getting ready for classes

David Lynn
August 14, 2013
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Hard to believe, but summer is drawing toward an end and we are edging closer to a new academic year. As usual in the fall, I’ll be teaching an Advanced Workshop in Fiction Writing. But I also visit many other classrooms, both physically and virtually, as coordinated by CLMP, the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses. For several years they have offered a creative way to bring good literary magazines into the classroom. You can find details here: CLMP Adoption.

Instructors receive a free subscription to The Kenyon Review or other fine journals, while students get subscriptions at a reduced price. I then work with teachers to arrange times when I can visit and talk about contemporary literature and publishing. If the classroom is close by, I’m happy to make the trip. If further afield, I’ve had great success with Skype and Google+.

After several years of this experience I’m a big fan. I get to meet a lot of interesting, talented, younger writers, and they get to read stories, poems, and essays that are fresh and vibrant. It’s also a great tool for classes on editing and publishing.

Okay, now I have to get back to the syllabus for my own class . . . .

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