I recently emailed the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center asking if they had any interest in having free writing workshops for youth/adults. They emailed me back today and seem interested. Although this wouldn’t be a paid position, this could be a very good opportunity for me and a nice start into something I’d like to begin: therapeutic writing workshops. I think it’d be nice to run some workshops at the center and see what kind of writing the community can generate. Would be nice to have readings and create chapbooks of the work. I’ve always been involved in the queer community in some capacity and would really enjoy the opportunity to get involved with the LA queer community.
I keep thinking about what to do when I finish CalArts. I’ll have my MFA, be qualified to teach higher ed, but my interests still lie in teaching younger students. I think it would be a good idea to try and teach comp at a community college or city college (or who ever would take me) or teach a class at CalArts right after I graduate. But I am contemplating whether or not I should get another degree. Perhaps an MA in Contemplative Education from Naropa University in Boulder, CO. That is an interesting program: the pedagogy is based on Buddhist principles and practices. It’s also low residency so you only have to physically be there during the summer. Then I wonder if I need an Early Childhood ed degree–or just enough credits to teach little kids in the state of California. Sigh, who knows what the future holds! I’m still intrigued by Biblio-Poetry Therapy. You have to be certified through a program. But that would qualify me more to run writing therapy workshops.
I’m sure by mid-year next year I’ll have a better idea of what to do next.