My students have always enjoyed asking questions of the guest authors I’ve brought to my online courses and writers’ retreats (such as Sheryl Gordon, pictured at left), but at the end of the spring session, a few of them said they’d actually like to interview me and find out more about what I do and why — editing, teaching memoir writing, and organizing residential writers’ retreats. In all my years as a creative writing instructor, it never occurred to me to let students “interview” me.
I’m not currently running my courses Memories into Story I and II*, but when I mentioned the students’ comments to novelist and fellow UofT online instructor Michelle Berry, she admitted she was curious too. So here’s what’s happening: she’s sending me some probing questions (not too probing, I hope), and I’m going to answer them here soon.
She’s not getting off that easily, though. This fall, we’ll reverse roles: I’ll interview Michelle, instructor to instructor, editor to writer.
This is going to be fun.
*I continue to be an adviser for Final Project Tutorials, the final course required for the UofT SCS Creative Writing Certificate.