I am the only one who likes doing oral reports in creative writing classes?
I have them do them in groups on a poet, and their job is to use the poet to teach the class something about writing. This is hard for them to do, and makes them think independently. I don't let them repeat anything I've already taught them in class.
The writer ain't a lone cowhand no more. Working in groups teaches them get-along skills, so maybe they can get along with agents and publishers better than I have! Writers make sometimes more money doing readings than from royalties, so they need to get used to performing in front of a group.
I tell them that if they aren't doing the best of jobs, I will challenge them and ask questions, hopefully to get them to think on their feet and do better with the oral report. My students--many of them--have trouble with that kind of pressure. A former high school football player did well yesterday with my questions. Last year, one student ran out of the room.