CELEBRATE This Week LXXXVI (86)
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This is solid writing advice.
I’m going to break it.
Next week is the annual All-Write Summer Institute. I love this conference. (It’s not too late to register! Just click on the link.) It’s like a party in my backyard. Top-notch speakers and educators come from all over to attend. It’s one of the few times when my online world and real world blend. I like this. I like to sit in a session with friends from across the map and friends who teach in the classrooms of my school. I like to have coffee with teachers from a menagerie of states and backgrounds.
I have all kinds of favorite parts, but I especially like the small connections, the conversations happening in the crevices of the day. I like the way our writing wraps around one another and holds us tight as friends…even when we our visits are few.
There’s a group of women who have been reading my writing for years. I think they might know me better than I know myself. It’s become a tradition to eat together at the end of the conference. I’m amazed each year how this time restores me as a human and a teacher and a writer and a friend. It is almost magical.
We each need restoration. Friday leads into Saturday, and this particular Friday, with a table of friends from more than 5 different states, will lead into an annual writing retreat for Choice Literacy contributors.
I’m going to the retreat a day early, with a handful of people who invest in me as a writer, who restore me as a human. Andy encouraged me to take the extra day for the writing retreat. He knows about investment and restoration too.
So here I am, once again shaking off what I think should be doing and embracing who I am. I am a writer who needs restored. It is a process and I celebrate being surrounded by people who believe the best in me and are willing to sit in the quiet to give me space to figure out it is much more important to BE rather than DO. And once I’m settled in who I am, the spilling of words will follow.
I hope you’ll post a pic of your writing spot and tag it with #iwritehere. Thanks Jennifer Laffin (@laffinteach)for the conversation starter & inspiration that follows as we share our writing spaces.
I write anywhere. Here are some of my usual haunts.