If you’re the idyllic kind of learner who dreams of sitting at the knee of Socrates for dialog and debate and greater mental illumination … I can’t help you.
But if you’re a dude
in fourth through sixth grade
who likes to write
and you’re anywhere within commuting range of Hinsdale, Ill., this summer
you have GOTTA JOIN MY ROCKING SUMMER CAMP FOR WRITING AND AWESOMENESS!
Yeah, that’s right. Socrates has been dismissed, and Professor J. Drew Scott is in session beginning June 21. You can download the 2010 summer class schedule of the Hinsdale Center for the Arts, but for those with merely a casual interest:
Note that the amusing little laundry list in the middle is a coy way to say “Prof. Scott doesn’t know exactly what we’re doing yet, but trust him, it’ll be a hoot.”
One thing is for sure: we’ll talk about revising one’s own work. For example, my original draft paired the words “bad eggs” with “peg legs” because, yo ho ho, who doesn’t like pirates? Especially rhyming ones? But at the last moment, cooler heads down at the HCA realized that encouraging an interest in prosthetics was just kind of creepy and inappropriate for any artists’ summer camp.
Also? If I had it to do over again, I think it’s pretty obvious now that if you propose to show the reader “here’s how to tell if you’re a fit for this class,” you should follow with a couple of declarative sentences, not questions, as in:
“1.) You’re a dude. 2.) You have a serious interest in …”
That would have been much stronger.
Ah, the work of the writer is over in a jiff. The work of the editor can go on for eternity.
(See? That’s the kind of pearl you’ll learn if you join my class. Do it! Do it! Do it!)