Day 2: Getting to Know My Classmates (Tuesday, June 23, 2020)
Writing is a window into a person’s soul. By reading and responding to your posts, I get to know you a little better.
I appreciated Dr. Zamora’s “shout-outs” this morning, which prompted me to read all my classmates’ daily reflections on the first day of the writer’s retreat. Here are my thoughts as I read my classmates’ hopes, dreams, and fears, and struggles.
Dr. Zamora: Every time I gaze at the image on the homepage, I desire to be transported to South Carolina where the beach is a beautiful walk away.
Jada: I care to read your letters. I love your open and genuine tone. I look forward to reading more of your letters.
Fatima: Since I have never been a confident writer, I admire your confidence as you state in your opening sentence, “My gift is writing.” Thank you for your wisdom and your simile: “My writing space is everywhere” and “Thoughts sprout like flowers.” Yes, ideas are always dancing around in our heads. We need to write them down before they blow away.
Megan: Your reflection resonated with me since I struggle with bouts of insomnia too. I am struggling with issues that are deeply buried and hidden. I also find myself struggling to breathe in deeply too. Once we return to our ‘normal routines,’ I hope we are able to find solace and sleep.
Tether: Just like you, I wasn’t ready for the first day of ‘class.’ I just finished teaching on June 16, and June 23 arrived so abruptly. I was also inspired by classmates, and their enthusiasm was infectious. I love the idea of a “writing hideout,” to escape the mundanity of everyday distractions of cooking, cleaning, paying bills, answering emails, so forth.
Kate: I love “meeting 17 new writing friends.” As a bonus, some of these new friends are writers and teachers. I did not realize all the jargon floating around; thanks for pointing out digital literacy, electronic literature, social-emotional, writing space, and fluidity.
Jenn: I look forward to reading your thesis on teaching writing to students with disabilities. I plan on working on my thesis on online grammar checkers during the writer’s retreat and would love to hear about your experience. At times, I feel that there is more fluidity with writing.
Marykate: I love being a student again, too! Wow, that is amazing that you already have three chapters of your novel. I cannot wait to read it!
Medea: Since I love your stories of your family, I look forward to reading your memoir. Although the Writer’s Retreat was not at Liberty Hall, I enjoy the comfort of being at home writing asynchronously, sipping my green tea.
Jason: Being connected and engaged during remote learning is essential. And Dr. Zamora was able to set the right tone and mood yesterday in creating this community of writers.
Kelsey: This idea is so powerful: “I write to be free.” Please explain how writing frees you?
Cheryl: I met you last year in Professor Keifer’s class. I hope you had a productive sabbatical.
Diana: My daughter’s name is Diana, so I will not forget your name. I miss hot yoga and savasana. I am glad to read that your husband is so supportive and helpful, especially when you are trying to write.
Nives: It is nice to see your face during the Google Meets. I am glad to read that you have conquered some of your fears. I need to learn to overcome my anxiety. The older I get, the more difficult to accomplish. I like the title of your memoir, Seashell, it reminds me of human beauty and frailty.
Kefah: I appreciated your extended metaphor to the Wizard of Oz, especially when you painted yourself as a bricklayer, paving your own path.
Lexie: I really liked your quotation: “I write for relief.” Writing provides us a means of releasing our fears, anxieties, and doubts, especially during such uncertain times.
Katelynn: I started graduate school as a private writer, too. However, I realized that I can still be a private writer and a professional public writer. It is not a binary.
I hope I did not miss anyone. I really enjoyed reading all of your posts. I leave you with a paradox: Although we are different, we are similar.
Although we are different, we are similar.