Friday, October 14, 2011

National Day on Writing, a Family Reunion, and a Thankyu

While we Teaching Authors discuss the NCTE’s National Day on Writing, I’m packing for an annual Weekend on Writing—the SCBWI-Wisconsin fall retreat—and also remembering last weekend’s wonderful family reunion in gorgeous Door County, Wisconsin.

As I thought about a topic for this post, I scanned the NCTE web site, which is full of helpful ideas (Do take a look!), and was reminded that “The act of writing generates ideas.” (See Writing is a tool for thinking.)

I loved Esther’s poetry form invention, the Thankyu, so I decided to try writing one for my cousins:

sharing stories, songs
faces glowing in firelight—
laughter echoes on

Okay, it's a work in progress, but I have to pick someone up from the airport, and her plane is early—can you imagine? Off to the retreat!

This week's Poetry Friday Roundup is at Fomagrams. Enjoy!

JoAnn Early Macken

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