Saturday, July 2, 2016

Gifts from CAWP



Our two and half week writing time with the Columbus Area Writing Project ended yesterday.  I'm left with mixed feelings.  I welcome more unstructured time for my summer days, and yet, I will miss the people and the structured time to write.  This is the test for me.  Can I keep up the habit of daily writing?

It is my goal.

CAWP (and other affiliates of NWP) provides a powerful experience where you learn not only about the art of teaching writing, but also about yourself as a writer.  And the formula is so simple.  You write, you write some more, you get feedback from others, talk about writing, and then you go and write again.  The community that is formed is phenomenal and is one of the keys to CAWP's success.
This week again, I celebrate CAWP.

At the end of each day, we jotted down our thinking...questions, ahas, new thinking...whatever came to us.  Robin then collected them together and created an Inkshed for each of us to have the next day.  I took those Inksheds and created a found poem to share my celebration today.



The Writing Life

Time to write
Time to work in different ways
Inspired me to
Consider
Lots of possibilities

Look in the mirror
Capture a thought or memory
Write, critique, think
Share
Learn from the conversations of others’ writing
So many ideas

Openness
Celebrations
Laughter
Meanderings
Community

I appreciate the writing
Feeling valued
Feedback
Time and Space
Conversations with others

CAWP is
Powerful and uniting

Thank you to Ruth Ayres for providing this space for our weekly celebrations.  I invite you to visit her site to read about other celebrations.

6 comments:

  1. Julie,
    This sound like such a wonderful experience. A great kick start to that daily writing. Can you say more about the inkshead experience?

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    1. Julieanne, At the end of each session, each participant writes down a few ideas, or ahas or things they are still wondering on a slip of paper. I guess it's a place to "shed your thinking." One of the leaders then gathers them together and puts them all on one page and prints copies for everyone to have the next time we meet. It's interesting to read others' thoughts and sparks more conversation.

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  2. Sounds like just the experience with which to start a summer of writing. I, too, would like to hear more about the inkshead experience.

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    1. Hi Tara! At the end of each session, each participant writes down a few ideas, or ahas or things they are still wondering on a slip of paper. I guess it's a place to "shed your thinking." You could also think about it as an exit slip. One of the leaders then gathers them together and puts them all on one page and prints copies for everyone to have the next time we meet. It's interesting to read others' thoughts and sparks more conversation.

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  3. Wow, Julie. Two and a half weeks is a long piece of time. It does sound like a great experience. My favorite of your poem is "Openness
    Celebrations
    Laughter
    Meanderings
    Community."
    All important to me. Have a great rest of the holiday.

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  4. Love this sharing of The Writing Life you just experienced through this found poem. I never managed to participate in a Writing Project and have always been envious when I read about the experience. Thank goodness for my blogger friends who have mentored my writing life.

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