Being part of the NWP, the National Writing Project gives you a tribe like no other. I am part of the local tribe, SDAWP (San Diego Area Writing Project) that gives me direct access to amazing writing advocates here in town. I am also part of the CWP, the California Writing Project which broadens my tribe to advocates and educators from around the state. It is a wonderful group of people who inspire me to be a better writer myself, and a better teacher of writing to my students. If you want to be inspired, join us on a Sunday morning on Twitter, at the #cwpchat every other Sunday at 9 am Pacific. It is a great group of educators and writers who come together to discuss the issues in education, the world, our classrooms, writing and just life in general. We continually challenge each other to be better. This past week we set the challenge to blog, to recommit to existing work, or start something new.
This past month has been filled with getting ready for the new school year and working on my doctoral work. It is a struggle to do anything else. But what I was reminded of this past week was the importance of writing for a larger audience. As I work on my book and carry words around in my head more than they cross the page at times, I was challenged by this tribe to begin posting again.
These past two weeks I have begun my new school year both as teacher and student, so I am swamped and excited simultaneously. And as we begin our year as writers we are trying to figure out how to address all the news across this nation that impacts the students and families we serve. The political and weather storms and fire that engulfed our nation over these past few weeks serve as a call to action, and I am looking to my writing project tribe to help me find a way to help my students wrap their head around the issues we face. So here we are, inspiring each other to write and to share in more public spaces. We promised each other to post after this chat and to continue to post and comment on various blogs to promote our own writing. So my friends, here I am.
As we move forward with our social action and writing projects I will post them here. I can’t wait to see what this new year brings.
So here we are, inspiring each other to write and to share in more public spaces. We promised each other to post after this chat and to continue to post and comment on various blogs to promote our own writing. My friends, here I am. Join us this Sunday at 9 am on twitter, follow #cwpchat and join the conversation.