Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Wow! Re: Writers, woodwork, coming out of

Pass the smelling salts. By midnight Tuesday I had 50 emails about The Phantom Prof's Online Writing Workshop (see below for details). By noon today, there were more than 50 more.

Amazing, y'all. This will be quite a class. As I envision it, you can take it at your own pace, with only a few hard deadlines to meet between the start of the workshop August 16 and the end of the semester in mid-December.

To take part, all you have to do is come back to the blog regularly. I'll post assignments, quizzes and other lessons. You read them and do the work on your own. I'm still working out details of how your output will be evaluated -- so if you have suggestions or ideas about it, let me know. If you crave anonymity, that's fine. But I may ask you to post your work in "comments" using the same nickname every time. That way we'll get to know your "writer's voice" and we will become familiar with everyone who's in the process.

Mostly, you'll be writing there in your garret or dorm room or lavishly chandeliered wood-paneled rumpus room. And judging from the timestamps on your emails, you'll be writing in the middle of the night. Quiet then, isn't it? Even the dog is asleep.

To answer another question, yes, I'll keep writing stories about college. Can't stop doing that! Too many good new stories keep coming in. Just recently I heard about the quaint sorority ritual known as "fat circling." And then there's the swimteam's annual LAGNAF get-together, as in let's-all-get-naked-and-f***. Good stuff to come about that.

So you can come here for entertainment or education. Sharpen your pencils and clear off the dining table. Class starts Tuesday, August 16.


Anonymous Veryslimbroom said...

Fat circling is for real? How sad. I thought it was only in the movies.

5:36 PM  
Blogger Nancy said...

Can't WAIT to start the writing... gulp!

6:19 PM  
Blogger echovillegirl said...

hey that workshop idea sounds really fun...i'm in! (even though my own classes start the 15th at 7am, but w/e)... :)
an idea for the way to get the assignments is to set up an e-mail for that only...a yahoo or something free.
another idea, although i'm not sure if it can work, is called
last year my english teacher did it (although you might need to be associated with a high school or something). it worked wonders, since it automatically checked for plagerism (not like you care about that really). but that way you have a little account and just turn stuff in...its a possibility, anyways.
i'll be tuning in every day! :)

10:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks again for this opportunity. Thanks to a blogger on The Victoria Advocate blog pages for bringing this to our attention. I blog there as "birddog" and will attempt to keep that username here.

10:33 AM  
Anonymous wayward said...

"Fat circling" would indeed make a sensational story. However, it may also be an urban legend. Alexandra Robbin's "Pledged" was an interesting read, but her approach to fact-checking seemed rather ... laid-back.

2:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nothing named fat-circling in that context could possibly be good.

Looking forward to the start of class.


5:41 PM  
Blogger The Everglades said...

David Sedaris has a hilarious story involving an awkward meeting in the rumpus room of the most popular kid in his grade. And you are right, Sedaris is such an amazing writer. I lived in Paris for 10 months as a tour guide last year, but he gets to live there year round. No fair!


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Blogger Wayfaring Stranger said...

Am looking forward to Tuesday.

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