Unfortunately there was insufficient registration for my spring class on Writing, Publishing and Promoting a Non-fiction Book at the community college. The director said that none of the non-fiction classes did well, while the fiction classes were all full. She said it swings like that sometimes. I am disappointed, but on the other hand I wasn't sure I was going to have a book for the class so it may be just as well. I'll have time to look at book options for the fall, or perhaps even write my own workbook for the course.
Because I was on vacation last week I was not able to write anything for the Family History Writing Challenge from February 25th until it ended on February 29th. I am really glad that I participated in the challenge though as I learned a lot from Lynn, who put it all together, as well as the other members who submitted in the forum that was set up for us. Thankfully Lynn is keeping the forum open, so I hope that we can keep in touch. One thing the challenge motivated me to do was really examine what I have in the filing cabinet and three ring binder on my mom's side of the family. Doing the writing helped me to see what questions remain unanswered. I now have a nice list of items I want to cover with my aunts and one of my cousins when I go to Cincinnati this spring for the NGS annual conference. It does seem like such a waste to keep all of my research hidden in the file drawer. I might as well put it all into a book for my relatives to enjoy.
Good thing enrollment was not on the margin. To me, it would not be worth the trouble unless you have a full class brimming with those book ideas. Next time!
You are so right, Mrs. Wryly. I would not enjoy a class with the minimum number of students in it because its success relies a lot on class participation. I just hope the fall off was not a result of the fact that I moved the day and location of the class. Fall will tell.
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