The Writer has been giving a lot of thought to teaching since she will be a member of the faculty at Hollins University, teaching in their Children's Literature graduate program. She never took any creative writing courses herself. She learned to write by writing, starting at an early age. She wrote and wrote and wrote. And read and read and read. She studied a magazine called Writer's Digest, back when it really was a digest.
She learned to sell by submitting her work. She submitted and submitted and submitted. She learned how to improve her work by trial and error. Editors who wrote her rejection letters helped her as well. The best editors pointed out what was good about her manuscript, while offering suggestions on how to improve it.
Now that's she's been in the field of children's literature for 27 years, she wishes the MFA and MA programs in children's books were around when she needed them. So she is wondering what kind of teacher she should be.
She has decided she will be the world's kindest editor. One who will teach and guide. One who will nuture dreams while teaching craft. The type of editor all writers long to have. When she leaves for Hollins University for the summer, she will--
Hold the kitty litter! The Writer is leaving for the summer again? Oh, boy! Without her around, her husband will feed me a lot and you and me can play--
Sorry, Winchester. I'm going with her.