Update! B. and I will be moving next week, which I think most people who read this blog are already aware of. However, the other big news is that I turned in my notice at the library and will now be freelancing full-time, in addition to working on my novel. Yay, me!
I’ve already racked up quite a few articles and other assignments that will keep me busy through March and into the middle of April. Another big thing is that I just got a gig teaching a one-hour course at a workshop for artists on marketing and promotions on April 19th. The workshop itself will be a day-long event, but I’ll be one of several presenters. My own particular session will be on writing and communication, specifically writing for publication, both off- and online. One of the things I’m really looking forward to discussing is blogging and their importance in building community.
After the workshop, I’ll be teaching a continuing education course on freelance writing at the college as well. The director and I came up with the idea of using the workshop as a platform for promoting the course. Apparently there are a lot of writers in the Valley who would be really interested in a formal writing course, so he was super enthusiastic about the proposal. Yay, me again! I’m obviously very nervous, as the last time I taught a class was when I worked in Japan as an English teacher…twelve years ago. Still, I’m so excited about meeting fellow writers and sharing some of my experiences with them. I already need to start thinking about the workshop outline in addition to creating a syllabus for the class. If anyone has any resources for freelance writing class syllabi, I’d love to hear it!
Oh, and one last thing: my irregularly published column in the local paper is now a full-fledged paid gig. Woo hoo! It’s not much, but it’s better than nothing, which is what I was paid before. It had just gotten to the point where I couldn’t justify writing it anymore for no payment, seeing as my freelancing was expanding to the point where my time was becoming a more valuable asset. Anyway, it’ll run every Wednesday; the first one in months ran yesterday, about Ralph Nader’s exploratory committee for the 2008 presidential elections.