Front Porch View
Photo by Amy LV
Students - Last weekend our family went on our annual trip as part of the Allegheny Nature Pilgrimage. One of the classes I took was a writing class with Karen Lee Lewis of The Blue Plate Studio. This was a thoughtful and inspiring class, and as part of it, Karen read us some beautiful ecopoetry and gave us time to write creatively about birds. I loved hearing others' writing, and during my writing time, I worked on the poem above.
Karen read from and recommended this book, it is now on my to-read list.
Taking a class from a great writing teacher gave me new things to think about and pushed me in new ways. I loved being a student, sitting surrounded by colorful paint chips, wise words on chart paper, and the sounds of pencils working on novels, newspaper articles, poems, memories...all about birds.
Today I leave you with three summer thoughts:
1. Take a summer writing class if you can. Even for one day, even with a friend your age who has one new writing idea to share with you. Let another's writing advice push you.
2. Appreciate something small and daily. Let this small daily thing move you to write. Perhaps think about birds, as I did in my class with Karen.
3. Sit. Make time for sitting and paying attention this summer. There are so many cool activities to join, but leave time for sitting. Space is good for all of us and for our writing too.
Over at Sharing Our Notebooks, I am so happy to host teacher Katie Liseo and her adventurous student notebookers with a very inspiring post and giveaway of Aimee Buckner's NOTEBOOK KNOW-HOW. You have two days left to comment and enter that giveaway, as I am drawing a name on Sunday.
Carol is hosting Poetry Friday roundup over at Beyond Literacy Link. Stop over and enjoy all of this week's poetry offerings...Poetry Friday is for everyone!
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