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Gotta love those Aussies

They’re way ahead of the game when it comes to helping writers find their way in the digital world. To wit this amazing resource, The Writer’s Guide to Making a Digital Living. Check it out! I’m trying to figure out a way to get my creative life students reading it, as we only have about a month left in the semester. It’s a little late to throw in another whole book. But I don’t want them to miss this, so, somehow. . .

You should see the resources the UK has for it’s writer’s. Nothing about digital writing, but tons of stuff designed to help author’s develop and succeed. I’ve even blogged about it here (and that’s just the tip of the iceberg). Why doesn’t the US ever do stuff like this? A question I’ve pondered for years. The UK and AU are far more centralized governments (dare I mention the S word as well?), and I believe that has something to do with it. And far more supportive of the arts in general. But that’s another entry for another time. . .

In other news, it’s spring break here, which means I’m playing catch up to an enormous pile of stuff I’d gotten behind on, (mostly due to all this gallavanting around). Writing project stuff. School stuff. Writing stuff (heavy in revision mode this week; sent out 3 personal essays yesterday, more revision on tap). I’m about half way through my to do list, fitting it in around some delicious family time which has so far included watching Space Chimps (cringe), hosting play dates, re-watching old episodes of The Big Bang Theory, which is quickly becoming a family favorite. Ahead: bowling, visiting the new ice cream shop, the Native American fest. on Saturday and the Art Institute’s Toy’s Designed by Artists exhibit, which is always good for some zany stuff. Also, hopefully, a visit to the new Sephora with some gal pals.

Next week, Writing Project DC Spring Meeting for Program Leaders where I may also be doing some NWP lobbying for the first time ever. That is, if the schedulers at Senators Pryor and Lincoln and Rep. Snyder ever return my faxes, emails, or voice messages. Each obviously fresh out of college staff scheduler has his or her own “preferred method” of scheduling.

Just trying to keep up. Bye y’all,
SV

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Offerings from Northwest Arkansas and a writing exercise

This week I am in Northwest Arkansas (the Western Arkansas Education Service Cooperative in Branch, to be exact) facilitating a writing workshop for teachers.  Oh, what a week this has been.  I have heard some extraordinary writing, from  clearly gifted writers and teachers.  There is nothing like the exhilaration from hearing the stories of others, stories begging to be written, needing to be written.  Everyone has been so enthusiastic too–overall just a wonderful experience.  I hate that it has to end.  I hope some of these teachers consider applying to attend our writing project summer institute or the one in Fayetteville.

Then there was Claire Pence, the workshop coordinator. Everyone should have a Claire in their life. We love Claire!

This morning we did a workshop on heart maps (check out something similar here at twowriting teachers.com) and Monda led us in a workshop on I am poems.  We were to take an image from the list below (or come up with our own) and write about who we were as that object.  You could take it all sorts of different directions, such as finding a metaphor for someone close to you and writing about them.

Here are the metaphors:

I am:

a hammer, a broken screen door, a seed tick, the river, a closed fist, an oar out of water, a pair of boots, the rain, the circus freak, a tick, a chain stitcher among tapestry makers, a pick up truck, a three legged dog, a relic, the energizer bunny, an open book, a closed book, the wind, a storm, darkness, sunshine.

Why don’t you try your own?  Here’s mine:

I am

A long, long book.
Open
to the first page.
You may wrinkle your nose: Too many
pages.  Too many words, too close together.
Not enough pictures.
But I promise,
if you keep reading, keep turning
my pages, I will return your attentions, give back
everything you gave to me.
And I keep
my promises.

Stephanie Vanderslice

Bye y’all. Happy writing!
SV

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