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Teaching & Writing in a Retirement Community

I recently wrote this article and thought you may enjoy….

I was given the opportunity to teach creative writing classes at an upscale retirement community. It was a test program since the activities director was not sure how well it would go over.

The class had 10 people in it. The residents had a blast! There was socializing, laughing and sharing. The creative juices were flowing. I gave a homework assignment, honestly thinking that no one would follow through. I was wrong…

When I returned for the next class, the residents were spewing over with fantastic story ideas. No one forgot anything. I kept hearing how great it was to finally be given a chance to do something different and exciting. In fact, a couple of the residents were so excited, they were giving me new ideas for upcoming classes. It was fantastic to see.

Then, I received a phone call before my next class. “I’m sorry, we’re canceling the classes. We don’t think there’s enough benefit to our residents for the cost. If you wanted to give the classes for free, that would be welcomed.” Free doesn’t pay the bills, as harsh as that sounds. Besides, if the corporate offices don’t value my work, what’s that saying?

I was so disappointed. It made me realize, too, how everything comes down to the bottom dollar. The residents showed life, had something to stimulate them and absolutely loved the classes. That wasn’t enough for the “Corporate office”, however.

What a shame….

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