Advent Writing Challenge (2021 reprise)

Last year when December began it was a dark and sad time, so I decided to make a poetic Advent Calendar to inspire me to read and write more poetry. Now on the first day of December in 2021 so many things have improved. Yet so many aspects of our world and society have gotten…

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What If You Told Your Story?

For five weesk both my first year writing students and the Just Write virtual writing group focused on the simple idea “What If.” Our What If work was inspired by Marvel’s What If animated series and the butterfly effect combined with the explorations offered by the #WalkMyWorld Project. The five-week journey for the writers in my care culminated in a…

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What is the soundtrack of your life?

The fifth and final week of the “What If” writing marathon intended to inspire both my first year writing students and the Just Write virtual writing group explored the soundtrack of our lives. This creative work built on the Who Are You?, Where Are You From?, What is the Shape of Your Story?. and What is your reason for being? writing…

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What is your reason for being?

The fourth week of the “What If” writing marathon intended to inspire both my first year writing students and the Just Write virtual writing group explored our goals and dreams. This creative work built on the Who Are You?, Where Are You From?, and What is the Shape of Your Story? writing we did the weeks before (see Who Are You? for more about…

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What is the shape of your story?

The third week of the “What If” writing marathon intended to inspire both with my first year writing students and the Just Write virtual writing group explored the shape of our stories. This creative work built on the Who Are You? and Where Are You From? writing we did the weeks before (see Who Are You? for more about the What If unit…

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Where Did You Begin?

The second week of the “What If” writing marathon intended to inspire both with my first year writing students and the Just Write virtual writing group explored our origin stories – specifically the questions: where did we begin and where are we from. This creative work built on the Who Are You? writing we did the week before…

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Who Are You?

For the final unit of my first year writing classes, the writing invitations for the writing marathon intended to inspire both with my first year writing students and the Just Write virtual writing group focused on a simple idea “What If.” Our What If work was inspired by Marvel’s What If animated series and the butterfly effect combined with…

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Checking In

All fall I have been creating writing marathon invitations intended to inspire both my first year writing students and the Just Write virtual writing group. At midterm I took a break from writing sessions deliberately structured to support our work in progress to conduct a writing check-in. The experience led to some powerful writing and a vigorous discussion around the…

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Who Tells Our Stories?

We all have stories to tell. Important stories. But too often there are voices that speak over or dismiss the stories we most need to hear. Stories tell us where we come from and who we are, but do they tell us everything about who we are if some voices are ignored or silenced? The…

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What can we learn from stories?

Exploring the lessons we can learn from stories, especially the stories of our culture, is an important exploration for any writer. This was the work we engaged in during the sixth week of the writing marathon intended to inspire both with my first year writing students and the Just Write virtual writing group. The prompt built on the previous…

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