Truth and Manifestos

What is your truth? What do you wish the world knew about you? What do you wish those closest to you knew? After three weeks of building our “What If” stories, this week we focused on directing those stories to tell the truth of who we are. This work, undertaken by my first year writing…

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Who Are You?

And where are you going? Those two questions guided our writing in the third week of our “What If” journey as my first year writing students and the Just Write Virtual Writing Group continued the exploration of our personal values as part of the Morehead Writing Project‘s Building A More Perfect Union grant, Root Deep, Grow Tall. This final…

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Sound and Silence

Every time I have invited writers to explore sound and silence I have encountered some amazing work. While music is evocative in so many ways, there is also something important about the simple sounds that make up our world. I invite you to consider what inspiration you can find in sound and silence. This week…

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What If?

What small moments or decisions led to something big in your life? What foods have played an important role in your life? What is your origin story and what twists and turns describe that journey? This week my first year writing students and the Just Write Virtual Writing Group began the final writing challenge of our “What…

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Writing Sparks

Where do you find peace? When did you last consider the world of trees or birds or bugs? How do you think about time? These are only a few of the important questions writers can answer with these writing sparks. The Morehead Writing Project and Just Write Virtual Writing Group held a writing marathon in…

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Reflections

How do you see yourself? How do you see your work? What doors does your writing open for you? What doors does your writing open for your reader? This week my first year writing students and the Just Write Virtual Writing Group dug deeper into the stories that shape our identity and help form our personal values.…

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Outlaws and Other Labels

What labels do you accept or reject? Who decides who gets labeled an outlaw? What exactly is an outlaw? Who decides who gets labeled a feminist? What exactly is a feminist? While my students were on Fall Break and the world mourned the loss of Loretta Lynn, the Just Write Virtual Writing Group found inspiration…

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Mirrors, Windows, and Sliding Glass Doors

What do you want others to see in your story? What part of your human experience do you want others to share with you? Who do you want to invite into your world? This week my first year writing students and the Just Write Virtual Writing Group dug deeper into the stories that shape our identity and…

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What Can Stories Teach Us?

What warnings have you learned from stories? What have stories helped you celebrate? How do stories speak for you? This week my first year writing students and the Just Write Virtual Writing Group dug deeper into the stories that shape our identity and help form our personal values. This work continues our “What If” exploration of our…

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What Stories Matter?

Have you ever considered how the stories that you love have shaped your identity and values? What do stories teach us about our world and how to survive it? What stories have shown you how to be human? How do stories connect humans across time and space? My first year writing students and the Just…

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Invitations

What conversation do you need to have with your loved ones? You know the kind of awkward, important conversation that we tend to avoid to reduce conflict. How would you frame the invitation? What rules would you set down? What food could you serve to ease the conflict? What slant should your invitation take to…

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Creeds

What do you believe? What have you witnessed? What forces are at work in your life? How could America be a more perfect union if more Americans lived up to one specific personal value? If you were going to write your American Creed what would it be?  This fall my first year college writers have once again…

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