What Does It Mean To Be A Writer?

As my students polish their This I Believe essays and prepare to write reflections about their journey as writers, I challenged them as well as the Just Write virtual writing group to consider the question: What does it mean to be a writer?

Every week we begin our Jam Sessions with this initial writing prompt: I am a writer from… but this week I challenged my students to answer that question specifically with writing in mind. How did they feel about writing those words every week? I also invited them to consider these questions:

  • What is a writer?
  • Are you a writer?
  • Why do you write?
  • What is your story as a writer?
  • How do you want to grow as a writer?

In addition, I offered some poetry to inspire their thinking, specifically two poems that I wrote with my students in mind:

As well as a writer’s oath written in conversation with my oath-writing process by Miguel Clark Mallet:

I pledge to walk the

writer’s slow, bewildered way:

drenched in words, seeking

patience, grace, humility,

gratitude, and ever joy.

I invite you to reflect on your own journey or story as a writer or perhaps to consider what oaths you would swear in your life and work.

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