Speed teaching

Beware, I've been thinking again (I know it's dangerous, but I can't help it.)

I'm teaching writing in Falmouth on Saturday (26th Jan), and it's quite a challenging assignment.  I'm trying to cover how to write a book and tips to get published in... wait for it... an hour and a half.

Which is taxing, but also fascinating.

So, it's going to be a quick fire session, that's unavoidable.  But to make it work, everything has got to be stripped back to its basics and it can't just be me waffling.  It's got to be a good mix.

This, I've come to conclude, is much of the art of successful teaching.  It's about variety. 

It's like my day job, and the wonderful old mantra of the BBC - to inform, educate and entertain.  And all that in the space of a relatively few minutes.

I've tried to fill the time with changes of pace; from me waffling to set the scene for a subject, to an exercise, to a group discussion, to the odd anecdote and some fun, to a few minutes for thinking and even a musical interlude. 

That way, it should (hopefully) keep the people engaged, stop them drifting away, but still tell them all they need to know.

(I think I mean engaged, rather than just plain baffled.  We shall see)

I'm even going to include the Golden Secret to getting published.  And no, I'm not telling you what it is here.  That costs money!

It's the first time I've tried to cover so much ground in such a short time.  It's like Twenty20 cricket, or Speed Chess, but in literary form.

I like trying something new (what's the world for, elsewise, isn't it just a big playground?), so I'm looking forward to it.  But also with that tingle of anticipation which comes with a step into the unknown. 

And that is one of my favourite companions in life.

I'll let you know how it goes after the weekend.  If you're in the Falmouth area, and are interested in coming along, there are more details of the day (I'm just providing one element) on the News and Events page - www.thetvdetective.com/news.html