To My Fellow Writers:
The writing retreat flew by. I looked up, and it was July 1, 2020, already! Initially, I was reluctant to take a virtual writing retreat. I was tired of remote learning as a teacher and as a student. I was looking forward to getting lost in the Liberty Hall Museum, quietly writing in the rose garden, lying barefoot on a blanket, sipping a refreshing beverage, enjoying the tranquility of a summer day. At the very last minute, I decided to sign up for the course to get a jumpstart on my thesis, especially since I will have to return to the uncertainty of school in the fall.
I had modest academic goals for the retreat: get feedback on my research proposal and revise it. However, I have gotten so much more out of this retreat! You, my fellow writers, made this experience truly transformative. I have learned so much from all of you and have grown as a writer and as a person. By sharing your experiences, I was able to reflect on my own experiences as a mother, teacher, writer, and student. I share your self-doubts, struggles, and dreams. You gave me great ideas to bring back to my classroom:
Kate: I am going to create a Safe Place in my class;
Cheryl: I like your Table of Contents, and plan to use it in my thesis;
Fatima and Kefah: I learned more about your culture;
Jada and Kathryn: I love your youthful spirit;
MaryKate: Enjoy motherhood;
Jason: You are such a fun presence in the class;
Diana: Happy Anniversary;
Tethee: It is finally summer;
Kesley: Good Luck in September;
Jen: Any school district is lucky to have you.
Megan, Nives, and Medea: The Three Mouseketeers. I will see you in September.
Enjoy your summer! Take care.
P.S. For inspiration: I highly recommend Bird by Bird by Anne Lamont. She is a published writer, but still experiences self doubt.