I always hated, and never believed, that old chestnut that teachers are people who cannot actually do what they teach–nonsense! Teachers are those who share with us the technology (so to speak) of the art or craft they have fallen in love with. They want to share with us what they love, share the how-to and the mystery of it.
They become educators when they draw out of us our desires to pursue a field to the limit of our ability, usually thanks to their support, inspiration, and ministrations of technique and method.
As a working journalist, story performer and more I want to share with others what I have learned and to inspire others to follow their dreams in whatever field they desire–esp in
writing and story performance. Yep, I talk and write for audiences. It’s that simple!
This month I have had the opportunity to be a teacher and to share my love of these two modes of communication on Donna Washington’s Blog, in Ruby for Women Magazine (writing only in that one. March starts a three-part series for those who want to get started in writing) and here, on this blog by reminding you that I have two new publications out this month–My children’s book, Rosa’s Shell and my book of poems, Languid Lusciousness with Lemon.
PS Today the literative.com site has one of my writings up as the prose winner of their winter contest!
Do check it out!
I’m happy to come and and talk to your school or group about writing (for adults, for children, poetry) story performance (or to give a story performance!)
Please do contact me and let me know if you would like me to come! Those who do, if they are fortunate enough also share what they know by teaching!
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So, I am rarely at a loss for an idea so decided this would be a good way to organize my thoughts for the new year and give me marching orders for a series of new picture books.
Two days into it, already more than two ideas, but the discipline is a very good one. Also trying to channel creativity into a new haiku start each day.
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Let’s start the day with a laugh, or just a huckle and wry smile! Two of my previously published
Poeming Pigeon Poems and three new, short flash pieces are now up on a great British site. My humor is sort of dry and ironic. Shawn Aveningo Sanders likes it and so does Brian! Thank you both for supporting my work. Check out my chuckles at
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