National Writing Project Annual Review-Berkeley 2009

So I spent the weekend in Berkeley, CA reading for the National Writing Project Annual Review. It was an intense, gratifying time of learning (about other sites) and professional satisfaction. Over the years, I’ve decided that writing letters praising people, or in this case, writing project sites, for what they do best, and gently suggesting ways they can improve might be one of the things I was meant to do in life. I find laboring over these letters (and the fact that NWP encourages me to labor over them), searching for just the right words to inspire people in their work incredibly fulfilling. Here are some photos:




     A humble welcome.

Review Tables, Hard at work

  Mostly, we worked day in day out at the Berkeley City Club, designed by Julia Morgan, the same architect who built Hearst Castle.  This was fine, since it poured rain almost every day.  Berkeley was thrilled, they’re in a drought. I did get to spend a few hours in the 4th St. District Sunday. Here are some photos from my favorite shop, there, Castle in the Air.


     Who doesn’t need a wax doll head?     


     Or tubes of German glass glitter.

From Berkeley 09





    Then, there’s the “Jar O’Babies.”




    Good ole, funky ole Berkeley. Ya gotta love it. Besides, the food there is phenomenal. Today was spent on the train with my husband en route to Chicago for the Associated Writing Programs 2009 Conference, a train trip much enhanced by the fact that I just had a rollercoaster flight from Berkeley to Dallas Sunday night. Stay tuned for more news from AWP starting tomorrow! My offical “program schedule” is already filling up.  


    Ah, Amtrak.  The only civilized way to travel.



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2 responses to “National Writing Project Annual Review-Berkeley 2009

  1. I love what you said about the NWP site reviews – the ultimate in reader response. Great pictures from Berkeley, especially the babies in the jar. You may have to let me use that on Easystreet as a prompt.

    I know you’ll be busy at AWP, but blog a little here and there for the house-bound. I’m living my whole life through email and blogs right now. Keep throwing those literary bones!

  2. Cindi

    Wow, the same person designed the Hearst Castle!
    That is a dream of mine. I would love to live in a real, very old castle for a brief time. Maybe, in
    Ireland, Scotland or Great Britain. Your train ride sounds fun. That is something I have always wanted to experience, also! I would want one like The Orient Express. The little sleep compartments look like fun. Glad you are having a great time. Cindi

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