Stop asking creatives to work for little to no money

Stop asking creatives to work for little to no money

It’s May 2008. I just graduated with my B.A. in Professional Writing and Editing.

My job search is is bleak, and that’s an understatement. I’m dating a guy I cannot stand who really may have a football in his head as a brain. Every editing job I examine requires 5+ years of experience. I relax my shoulders as the light from the computer monitor seems to expose my thoughts: I am going to continue working at Dunkin Donuts for my “career” if I don’t get my shit together.

The regret settles in. Everything everyone said to me crashes like waves on the shores of the ocean on a windy spring day. You can’t do anything with an English degree. You have to start out on the bottom and can’t just be an editor. You have to move to get a job as an editor. All we have here are these little newspapers.

Fast forward to July.

Read more
Three Things Thursday: Three Tips For Efficient and Successful Online Course Delivery

Three Things Thursday: Three Tips For Efficient and Successful Online Course Delivery

I’ve been teaching university level English since 2009, and I’ve been teaching online for almost a year. Despite several universities claiming to re-open in the fall, I cannot help but predicta spike in web-based course registrations. Ultimately, I believe students are apprehensive about on-campus courses because there’s no guarantee that we won’t experience a second — and potentially more damaging — wave of COVID-19.

Now seems like a great time to share some of my top tips not only for delivering and facilitating online courses, but managing your time as you teach, too. Welcome to “#ThreeThingsThursday: Mrs. Poullas, M.A.” edition.

Read more