MFA Nugget: A Follow-Up on Teaching

MONTPELIER, VERMONT — Allow me to take a moment to step out of the daily postings for a moment here with what I will generously call a bonus post, one that follows well with this morning’s post on teaching creative writing. As some readers know, I’ve been exploring the possibility of providing the course I teach in D.C. on blogging/creative writing online; the key was finding the right partner.

bookstore-bookmark-frontI’m thrilled to announce that I will be joining the online faculty of The Loft, perhaps the most prestigious literary center in the country. Founded in 1974 in Minneapolis, this community non-profit has a rich history at the center of modern literary culture, and has been a pioneer in offering robust and rewarding online courses. There’s no place I’d rather offer my course online.

I’ll provide more detail in the coming months, but the course will run for six weeks beginning in mid-June.

It’s poetic that I was able to reach this arrangement with The Loft while here at my MFA in Writing residency. My second-semester faculty advisor and current workshop co-leader here at the Vermont College of Fine Arts, Larry Sutin, began his distinguished teaching career at The Loft. I find that new connection I have with Larry moving.

Stay tuned for more details!

About Patrick Ross

I'm the author of Committed: A Memoir of the Artist's Road.

15 Responses to “MFA Nugget: A Follow-Up on Teaching”

  1. Congratulations! The new year is off to a good start.

  2. Thanks, PJ and sorrygnat! It was a nice way to start the year, no doubt.

    • Thanks, Carrie! I don’t have as much classroom experience as you (and this will be a virtual classroom) but I really do love teaching; it is rewarding in so many ways that are different from art creation.

  3. Huge congrats, Patrick! This sounds like it will be a perfect fit for you.

  4. Wow, congrats Patrick! I’m sure you’re a fantastic teacher, so they’re lucky to have you. Like PJ said, what a way to usher in 2013🙂

    • You’re so sweet, Carole Jane! It will be interesting to teach in a “virtual” classroom structure. I’ve been on the receiving end of good classes and bad classes that way, however, so I’ll do the same thing I did when I shifted from journalism to PR, do what I always thought worked and avoid what I always thought didn’t work.

  5. That’s fantastic Patrick. Congratulations!


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