Friday, June 22, 2012

The Joy of Teaching Others.

Thursday I was at Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington, NC, doing my Publishing 101 seminar. It was a full house (50 people signed up and 50 people attended - what are the odds?) which mean a lot of energy and writers eager to learn.

As always, I thoroughly enjoyed myself. No matter how many times I do this seminar, I always gain new insight through the questions asked by attendees. While I can’t begin to answer every question, often it gives me insight as to the direction and interests of writers today. They often ask about things I haven’t even considered. That makes me want to go find the answers. And I learn even more.

They say to truly learn something, you need to teach it.

Now I am really excited to finish up my publishing and promoting book! Does anyone else get this excited when you teach someone else?

And your photo of the day:
 Now that would be a great haunted house!


  1. What a great picture! Looks like the house has eyes.

    I do like talking about writing, so that would be fun! Sounds like you had a great group of writers to teach!

  2. That is the best way to learn! Creepy house.

  3. Sounds like a great experience. And yes...that house, near "Cape Fear" cc...could easily be the basis for a horror movie!!

  4. AnonymousJune 22, 2012

    I love old houses and barns. Michigan, where I grew up, has lots of these structures dotting the countryside. Yeah, it does look haunted,

  5. Teaching is rewarding when you enjoy the subject.

    That house would be a good sketch subject. Thanks for sharing. Dilapidated structures catch my camera's eye, as well.

  6. I think we learn so much by teaching others. And I really love that house. It looks like some of the dangerous places I explored as a kid.

  7. Great house. In a previous life I did a lot of IT user support. I agree absolutely that I came away doing more after helping someone else through their learning.

  8. You are so right. I haven't taught any writing classes but I have been part of some panels and the questions are so great, they really inspire me to learn more.

  9. Great picture.
    It must be very rewarding to teach other people.


  10. I used to be an Administrative Trainer in my previous job, and the look on a students face when you show them something they can really make use of....lets just say its rewarding!

  11. What fun! I'll admit that I'm not a huge fan of teaching BEFORE it happens. I get nervous and fear no one will care, and what do I know anyway? But once I'm there, it's awesome.

  12. I teach NA I students and was inspired to write a poem entitled "Why I Teach" because of my love for teaching. I wouldn't mind doing it full-time one day... Your house definitely looks haunted. Wonder if anyone knows its history. That's always interesting to find out...

  13. Yikes on the house! And I'm like you - I love giving seminars. It always inspires and excites me (and hopefully others, too).

  14. Yeah, I like teaching, and I'm pretty good at it. I taught a creative writing class at my kids' school last year, and I should be doing it again this year.

    Thanks, again, for stopping by and supporting me in the Star Wars thing!

  15. It looks like an old mill or somthing. Teaching is rewarding. It must be one of the most rewarding, but hardest, professions.

  16. Elizabeth, I actually enjoy it more than writing now.

    Randi, it is creepy!

    Stephen, then you understand my surroundings.

    DG, there are so many like that around here.

    Susan, yes!

    DL, that moment when the light comes on - I love it.

    Elana, I'm still a little on edge just before I start.

    Denise, not sure who owns it - there are nothing but fields around it.

    Andrew, that sounds like fun. Happy to support Alex's friends.

  17. I tutor kids sometimes and I love sharing knowledge with them. Eager students are awesome. :)

    And yeah, i could see myself standing out in a hurricane or tornado just to avoid going in that place.

  18. Yes I love that aspect to teaching, but I'd never take a job as a teacher or lecturer. Maybe one day when I have credibility as an author, I'll do writing seminars, because getting people to write is one of my passions.


  19. AnonymousJune 24, 2012

    Hi Diane! What an awesome, rewarding experience teaching must be.

    That photo of the day is great. I've always been fascinated by old houses. I like to imagine what they were like in their early days and who the families were that lived in them.