Teaching the craft
continued Rightmyer came up with the idea to teach a summer writing workshop for students at the main library branch. This is the second year he has taught the course, and this year it expanded to two separate sections. There are 15 kids in the middle school section and another 15 in the high school section.
“It is a great way for me to be creative with these young kids,” he said. “Schools are getting more and more about the tests. … It is all about the tests and the score.”
Being able to take some time in the summer to connect with kids, he said, is a great experience. There are children from throughout Schenectady County attending the writing camp this year.
“What really drew me was the frustration of kind of getting away from just teaching kids how to write creatively,” he said. “Being a coach, I have noticed there is a lot of camps for athletes, which is wonderful, but there aren’t a lot of camps for people that like to write.”
The course is free to anyone interested, which was something important to him, and there has been a waiting list both years.
“It gives them an opportunity to meet other kids like themselves that have an interest in reading or writing. Not every library would say let’s do it, but they did, and I really respect them for that,” he said. “They all come together, and they are doing it because they all want to learn to write. I find it very refreshing and they really want to be challenged … from a teacher’s point of view that is really exciting to watch kids get excited like that. I find I get as much out of it as the kids do — I get recharged.”
To attend Rightmyer’s reading, call 388-4511 to register for the event. The Open Door Bookstore will also be having a book sale and signing after the program on Aug. 3.
Reporter Charles Wiff contributed to this article