Last Class and Everybody's a Star
At the last class before the final, we have a literary reading. Everybody gets up and reads for 2-3 minutes. That's short, I know, but this is a class of 25 students and we have only 50 minutes.
Everyone, for a moment, finds themselves in a nonjudgmental, totally supportive atmosphere, to perform a short work--finally here, at the end of the semester. They've had all semester listening to me, and to their fellow classmates, tell them how to write.
Now they're happily on their own.