I had worked as an author for a few years, requests started coming for
me to hold writing classes. I was happy to do that. One of the most
enjoyable tasks was to work with Centralskolan's 4th grade in
a whole semester. The writing resulted in the story "Röda
(The Red Feather Band). The students worked in small groups who wrote a
section each. Then I put their texts together to a coherent story.
I have worked in the schools with short courses of two to three days.
That's been in middle school and junior high. In Sundsvall I have had
week long courses in the summer for students ranging from middle school
to high school.
During two summers, I taught week long writing camps to studens in
Sällsjö (western Jämtland) who had finished 7th grade.
first long distance writing class over the Internet took place during
the academic year of 1997-98 and included 450 junior high and adult
students in Bräcke. The job also included visiting all classes.
project ended with a literary contest in which the winners won a
weekend in Stockholm.
During the academic year of 2000-2001, I held two long-distance writing
classes at the Birka folk high school outside Östersund. We met
days every month when we had lessons, writing exercises and
discussions. The classes covered everything from idea to finished work.
In between sessions we had contact over the Internet. The
participants could submit their work for everyone in the group to read
and comment. During the sessions at school, we went trough all
the texts. Those who only wanted feedback from me could e-mail their
text directly to me. In my experience, this approach to writing
classes work very well, contact over the internet varied with meetings
the fall of 2007 and 2008, I held writing classes at the folk high
scool of Skeppsholmen in Stockholm. The theme of the class was "The
women and the men of the sea" and was directed to people who had worked
at sea or simply were interested in the ocean or lakes as environment
for their writing. The concept of that class was basically the same as
the one at Birka. We met at the school four times during the fall
semester and had contact over the Internet in between.
Some of the
students at Skeppsholmen 2007 at a coffe break.