I conclude each of my Writing Workshops with my sincere thanks.
“Thank you,” I say, “for the privilege of sharing my love of writing and All Things Children’s Book so I could help you tell your good stories well.”
And because my Newberry Library and University of Chicago Writer’s Studio students teach me as much (if not more!) than I teach them –about writing for children and the writing process,
about our Children’s Book Community,
“Thank you too,” I add, “for all you’ve taught me.”
This time around, though, my ten lovely and talented Fall Newberry Library Picture Book Workshop students did more than teach me.They re-connected me to the long-ago Beginning Writer I once was -
the Wannabe who voraciously read through library and bookstore shelves,
who hungrily soaked up how-to advice,
who greedily gobbled up anyone’s words to help realize her long-held Dream.
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For the past six weeks, while doing my best to seed and feed my Newberry picture book writers so they would grow and bear fruit, so to speak, I inhaled their Newness –
their fears and doubts,
and once again I was “new” too.
My Newberry “New Berries” not only fed me.They juiced my batteries.
I remain ever grateful.
So,Thanku to My Ten Fall 2013 Chicago Newberry Library Students*
My delicious class -a bounty of new berries,
each ripe with story!
*Beth Carey, Dee Conomy, Anne Dutro, Debby Edwards, Maureen Kanefield, Carol Kerman, Barbara McClure, Patricia Mided, Laura Mills and Hana Yoo
Happy Thanks-giving to my newest crop of writers and our TeachingAuthors readers!
Hip! Hip! Hooray! for Gratitude.
Please join my fellow bloggers for the next two weeks as we write Thanku’s – and – celebrate American Education Week.
Poetically honoring someone who made a difference in your Life, mind-expanding or otherwise, is good for the heart.
It’s also easy-peasy. :)