One lost day of wages (vacation day taken)….-$80-120
Snacks and gas to drive to Peoria (an hour away)….-$20
The chance to teach 100 plus kids about being a playwright….priceless
….well maybe not priceless but at least worth the 120 bucks.
Today was the day! I taught four hour-long workshops on play-writing for kids (k-10th grade) for Cornstock theatre.
I was a hobbit of sorts, a misplaced author in a dank and dreary basement (the storage room for the theatre’s props).
Armed with my crude notes, nerves, paper and pens, I prepared to take on one of the greatest challenges of my life… teaching 30+ children……
I’d be lying if I said I was able to hold all of the children’s attention for the entire hour, but overall, the day went pretty well.
A quick introduction from myself and a lecture on the basics of play-writing and the kids were off….
The kids spent twenty minutes writing a short play. Noisy chaos ensured.
(Side note: I was surprised how many of the children, especially the older grades had little to no experience with creative writing, only a handful had ever written a play. If you are an artist, please take it upon yourself to educate our youth, it’s the only way they will be exposed to art….)
After they finished, the kids had the chance to act each others’ plays out.
And then it was light’s out.
Hopefully, this experience will inspire at least a few of them to take up this art! This was one of the best experiences of my life, hopefully I will have many more opportunities to teach our future.