Calling all Classics Library members!
The Classics Library now has a new area where members will be able to see their work online and discuss it with other members. Articles will be published in a termly ebook.
Please email me about your ideas, and please – as many of you as possible – contribute!
Articles can be on almost anything of a classical nature, but should aim to be of interest to other teachers of Classics. Some suggestions for topics are:
- A review of a book, play, or film
- Some thoughts on the content, delivery, and resources for a particular topic or text
- A topical piece, possibly relating the classical world to the modern day
- A new approach or technique used in a lesson or series of lessons
- An account of a trip or tour you led or took part in
- A ‘non-specialist’ teacher’s experience of teaching Classics
- … but the possibilities are no doubt endless, so please suggest something!
Articles can be anything between 300 and 2,000 words and should aim to inform or to provoke discussion. It is hoped that they will not form a means primarily either to complain or air pet peeves (say, about examination specifications!), or to ‘show off’(!), but instead will be generous in what they highlight and constructive and inviting of further discussion from other members. I of course reserve editorial rights, but it’s my intention not to deny or alter anyone’s work other than for very good reason. No one should feel at all intimidated by the opportunity to write something, whatever the topic, whatever the length, whatever they think, or worry that others might think of its quality.
The intention is that on a termly basis the articles will be collected and published in an ebook (ePub/pdf), which members will be able to download and read offline. All contributors will be fully credited, of course. Restrictions of copyright will need to be considered.
The Classics Library currently has more than 1,100 members, so there is great scope for contributions and readership. I hope that we can build up an increasingly varied and useful and fascinating collection of contributions by this generation’s Classics teachers!
The ebook needs a name. What shall we call it?! Please, even if you’re not ready to write an article, suggest as many names for a title for the collection as you can. Just email me your suggestions, and I’ll decide very soon!
The articles are being collected and available to read, only to logged in members of the site, at http://www.theclassicslibrary.com/articles/.
Hopefully, if and as this project grows members with a particular interest might like to take on certain roles, such as editing articles, future development and new initiatives for The Classics Library as a whole. It’s all very early days, and how things go will depend on the number and type of contributions, but here’s to something exciting and new!
Thanks, everyone! I hope you too find this an exciting development and a new opportunity to contribute!