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13 July 2011 @ 11:43 am
My life is improv  
Woke up at 4am. Now at the airport headed to Greenburg, PA (via Denver and Pittsburgh) for the Alpha Workshop for young F&SF writers.

I'm honored to have been selected to teach at this workshop. This is something I wanted; in fact, I pushed hard to get it. Yet I don't feel remotely qualified for it. Maybe I can write (sometimes I have my doubts about that), but can I teach it? I have a one-page handout prepared for the first of my four lectures, and apart from that I'm just going to wing it. What was I thinking??

Still, I have taught at Cascade Writers and workshopped at many other venues; this is just a step up from there. I've lectured off the cuff many times and people seemed to like it. I have excellent support from the Alpha staff. And even if I blow it completely, there are three other instructors following me to clean up the mess.

I've wung it before, and I'll wing it again.

tagwntagwn on July 13th, 2011 05:48 pm (UTC)
take my advice, I'm not using it
Structure helps, I have found, but you have to learn it somehow. Trust your gut--you're witty, quick, have done many panels and have worked with Ellen Klages. You can do anything. Then make notes afterwards for the next time.
griffinwordsgriffinwords on July 13th, 2011 05:56 pm (UTC)
David, your lectures at Writers Weekend last summer in Moclips were well-presented and useful. Don't worry!
beamjockey: zeusaphonebeamjockey on July 13th, 2011 05:58 pm (UTC)
If you run out of things to say, you can always digress about living on Mars.
Twilight: GoneMadtwilight2000 on July 13th, 2011 08:10 pm (UTC)
I've been in your panels, not quite the same thing as "teaching", but I know you'll connect well with the kids - and that's the big issue with this sort of thing :>
Wolf Lahtiwolflahti on July 13th, 2011 10:03 pm (UTC)

Vewy well! I will wewease Bwian!
billeylerbilleyler on July 13th, 2011 10:09 pm (UTC)
Break a leg! :-)