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Professor In Print #4: Giving Students A Sense of Accomplishment

Updated: Oct 4, 2020

How could I have my students writings showcased?

This was my first time teaching creative writing. What could I do differently in this course so that their work would be seen by more than just a few? Ummmm. After seeing two writing samples, short story and poetry, ah, I knew what I would do. I would have their work put together in a book.

Indeed, also, being a publisher made this idea one that would be possible. Now, I had two staff persons decide what would go in the book. I did not want to be the one to make the decision because I was too close to my students. I wanted to make certain quality work would be in this book.

The results?

At least one work of every student, poetry or short story or short play, was placed in the book Community College Students' Literary Collage edited by me on the website. On the last day of the course, I was able to present to each student a copy of the book at no cost to the students. This was a project that allowed every student the opportunity to demonstrate his or her writing skill.


Although my students knew that at least one of their writings would be in a book, several did not think the book would be published by the end of the semester. Seeing their names in the publication gave each student a sense of accomplishment. The looks on their faces were well worth the effort. Every one of the students looked so pleased and in awe when they saw their names and works in a published work.

Sunrises and Sunsets,

Dr. Fairy

Have a question about your students? Or would you like a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Hayes-Scott? If so, contact her via email at Otherwise, feel free to comment on the post.

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