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Writer King cancels teaching plan
Stephen King
King is writing a drama series for US TV
Horror writer Stephen King has pulled out of plans to teach writing to school children over the internet.

King, the writer of The Shining, It and Carrie, last year unveiled plans to teach a writing class to seventh and eight-graders in his home state Maine.

But now the writer has said he is too busy to teach for at least another year.

King is currently writing a 15-part TV drama series called Stephen King's Hospital, and writing a book.

His personal assistant said the famous author was also trying to "have a personal family life".

The online teaching post would have been part of a programme giving a laptop computer to each of the state's 36,000 middle school students.

The director of the laptop programme, Tony Sprague, said King's interactive teaching lessons were still in the planning stage.


King, 56, has said he will retire from writing when he has finished his current novels, which include the last in his Dark Tower series.

Three years ago King brought to halt an experiment of publishing a book completely online after he said the internet audience was not yet ready for e-books.

The writer had been publishing individual chapters online and had pledged to continue to do so as long as people kept paying.

But when he halted the experiment, he said: "Book-readers don't regard electronic books as real books."

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