New degree-related opportunity!

3 Jun

Hey everyone! Once again, sorry my blogs have been so few and far between lately. I haven’t been keeping on a good schedule at all–hoping to amend this soon. Anyway. Thought I’d do a quick update on the job-related part of my life, which is going surprisingly “is this real life” well.

As I think I’ve mentioned, I’ve posted an ad advertising freelancing services. It’s gotten me a number of semi-to-unrelated hits, from editing to doing a kid’s homework to calligraphy. A little while ago, I got a reply from a lady who is starting up a business doing creative writing classes, and she asked if I’d be interested in teaching a couple of classes one day a week.

My thought process here was this:

Um… YES.
Why am I saying yes? I have no teaching experience. I never wanted to be a teacher.
I love creative writing classes!
I know creative writing classes.
I could totally teach creative writing classes.
I should be more nervous about this.
Screw it. Um… YES!

We met up on Saturday and the opportunity still sounded fantastic at the end. What I really like about it is that it’s doing something with my degree directly. It’s something I’m passionate about, which I think is partially why I’m so not-nervous when it’s in my nature to be nervous. Unlike all those admin jobs I kept applying to pre-freelance, I actually want to do this and I mostly know what to expect going into this. Not to mention, the regular (and extremely awesome) pay also means that I don’t have to look quite so hard for freelance jobs, which cuts into my time significantly. Actually, with this, my one-day-a-week nanny position, and my recent Today I Found Out article raise, I’ll be making a full-time Australian minimum wage salary for working just 12 hours out-of-home each week. (Plus writing from home, of course.)

Back to the degree thing–people looked at me like I was crazy for doing an English degree. There were people attempting to usher me toward Business or something “sensible.” It’s an amazing feeling being able to follow my passion and having it pay off and being able to DO something with it rather than have it sit on a shelf gathering dust. I walked away on Saturday feeling completely elated and full of fresh purpose. And also kind of like I was about to get hit by a bus–because things can’t be that easy and awesome, can they?

Have you ever taught creative writing classes? What do you like to see in creative writing classes, particularly outside of a school setting? What are YOU passionate about and how has it worked out for you? I want to hear your stories!

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3 Responses to “New degree-related opportunity!”

  1. Megan E. Eddy June 4, 2013 at 1:13 am #

    That sounds awesome! I’m currently experiencing the same sort of reaction to my saying I am going to go for a Comparative Literature degree. I wish I could go to your creative writing class!

    • inkhearted June 4, 2013 at 1:16 am #

      Haha, thanks! Don’t listen to the nay-sayers. If you go for the degree you want, everything will work out in the end!

  2. Creative Mysteries June 11, 2013 at 1:04 pm #

    Teaching a creative writing class sounds fun! I thought about doing some online tutoring a while back, but there were no openings in creative writing.

    Good luck! Hope it goes well šŸ™‚

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