How do you teach your students everything you want to?
I’m feeling almost overwhelmed with questions. Should I alternate fiction with poetry (I must teach both) or have half of the semester be fiction then poetry? Should I lump all of an author’s stories together in one week, or split them up depending on what theme I want to teach that day? How will I find time to workshop everyone’s work? I’ve been feverishly poring over my bookshelf this past weekend, picking and choosing. Because this is an intro creative writing class, I want to give my students a firm background in the classics, so I’m beginning with some Chekhov, Poe, and Hemingway. But I want them to begin to see the magic of contemporary fiction, so I’m filling the syllabus with Lorrie Moore, John Updike and Larry Brown as well. (If you haven’t heard of Larry Brown, his story collection Big Bad Love is on my five star list).