I’m taking an online workshop on how to give an online workshop.
I know, sounds strange, right? But it actually makes a lot of sense. I’ve been asked to teach an online workshop on paranormal mysteries in early 2012, and to help me prepare, I’m "auditing" this class. That means I’m trying to keep a low profile.
One of the exercises we’ve been asked to do is really interesting, and I thought I’d throw it out here. Our instructor has asked us to make a list of things we’ve done, things we’re good at, things we have a talent for. In terms of this workshop, we’re supposed to be studying our lists and using them to create online workshops of our own. In terms of just having a little fun, I think it would be interesting to hear what blog readers have to say.
Make a list of your own. What jobs have you had? What are your hobbies? What are your talents?
Here’s what I’ve come up with:
I can write a mystery
I weave, knit, crochet, spin (really badly)
I once edited employee newsletters
I’ve been a copy editor
I’ve had retail experience in a clock shop and a yarn store and long, long ago, in a health food store
I raise honeybees and I’ve harvested honey
I live with a chronically ill son
I have worked as a volunteer for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (see above) mapping and setting up the yearly walk at which the organization raises approx. $1 million.
In addition to mystery, I’ve published historical and contemporary romances, young adult horror and a children’s book.
I like to hang out in cemeteries and I’ve learned a lot about gravestone symbolism and history
I can read Tarot cards.
I’ve done a workshop on how to use Tarot cards to plot fiction and create characters
I like to drive golf carts
I once attended Queen’s College at Oxford University in England
I enjoy taking photographs and love my digital camera
I own an Airedale
I own a canary. His name is Perry, and he’s named after Perry Mason, though the way he sings, it could also be Perry Como.
I make really good caramel corn
I’m not sure any of this will ever translate into an online workshop, but it’s a fun exercise. Try it yourself, and share your results!