I'm of course aiming high, as I want it to be a fun and comfortable environment in which to write, but I also want some structure to the meetings, some nuts 'n' bolts stuff, info on inscrutables like plotting and planning and pantsing and character arcs. Who knows, maybe the time I'm spending won't help the workshops bear fruit at all, and we'll find a different way. At least I'm striving to have good handouts!
Famous first lines is one topic I intend to cover. I poked around on the Interweb 'til I found a list I pared down for sanity's sake when it comes to photocopying. There's lots and lots of lists everywhere, of course, like this 100 Best First Lines From Novels on American Book Review. First lines are important; they're that first content bastion a reader gets to, after the title or cover or author draws him or her in. The first line is supposed to lead one to the second. And the third. And so on, until the last. A first line should make one absolutely mad to hear the rest of the story. Sometimes a first line leads to later disappointment, though. In my mind, Nabokov's Lolita was never as good as the first paragraph.
And, speaking of Lolita, here's an article on the recent "trigger warnings in classrooms" kerfuffle (is it settled yet? Is there a such possibility?) which I thought was interesting and covered the topic well.
Oh hey, and according to this imgur post, MIT publishes "virtually all" of its course materials online for free. Worth looking into, for self edification and self eucation and all that.
At one point this afternoon, I came to the realization that I probably ought to have some idea of what I will be doing in July. Should I do the fantasy novel I've been incubating, or does it need more time? My gut tells me it probably needs more time. Should I do the urban fantasy biker gang novel I meant to write this past November, before another idea intruded? That one could work. And I'm fond of its hypothetical first line.
I see a lot of writers talking about the terror of the blank page, or being afraid to try, things like that. You know what's scarier than writing? Scarier than sharing your writing? The teeth of a crabeater seal