I’ve been giving lectures in schools and libraries for quite some time now. In the past, it was fairly lucrative workthat paid for some of my book marketing campaigns. Unfortunately, the budgets keep shrinking and the money to pay for program has almost disappeared. Under this situation, schools and libraries are reluctant to put on the programs they formerly loved to do. When a program is put on, the stipend barely pays for a cup of coffee.
The lack of compensation combined with geographical limitations led me to offer my lectures over the web using Skype or Zoom. While I had a few queries, this enterprise never worked out. As an alternative, I decided to convert my lectures into videos and offer them for sale. This proved to be more difficult than I could have imagined. Besides marketing the lectures, I faced problems with collecting fees, tracking students progress and a wealth of problems I hadn’t yet thought of.
But then I came across Teachable.com. After some research, I realized this site was the answer to all my problems. Teachable had everything organized and offered an amazing suite of tutorials to educate new teachers.
I started an account and put together my first course. It’s a mini-course by Teachable’s definition and it’s offered free to anyone who wants to use it. The title of my maiden course is Fiction Writing Workshop for Kids. It’s aimed at 4th to 7th graders and it shows them how to create a short story from a story idea provided by me. Using text boxes and short video clips, I walk the students through a process that develops characters, plots setting and scenes. At the end, all that is left is for the students to write the story from the text boxes they filled out.
You can enroll in this mini-course here: https://bit.ly/2Rv96Fa
Parents: Does this sound like a great idea for a rainy summer day?
My immediate plans call for another free mini-course. This one will be an overview of self-publishing and it will be followed by a detailed course on how to self-publish a book. Other planned courses include Story Design, Story-telling Skills and Book Marketing. I’m sure other mini-courses will pop up as I think of them or a suitable issue appears that I can address by developing a short video talk.
All in all, Teachable.com is a great website and operation.