|Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis|
Writing IS hard, but not TOO hard if you do it in community.
You won't understand the unabashed power of a community until you are a part of one.
Community has more meaning now than ever before. And being a world away from my family and friends, I appreciate any community I can connect with. Bonus points, when it aligns with my passion for writing!
💖 Enter, Poetry Friday!
Poetry Friday is a free weekly online gathering of poetry writers, readers, educators, anybody! Poet extraordinaire, Renee LaTulippe at No Water River, gives the best explanation of what Poetry Friday is and who can participate (everyone!) and how.
This week's Poetry Friday hostess is Ruth at There is no such thing as a God for-saken town.
This week's Wee-Source post is a curated list of 'writing in community' opportunities to keep your writing mojo rolling through the summer and beyond...
(All of the following Wee-Sources involve some kind of fee to participate, but I am receiving NO compensation for featuring them here. I just found them interesting and wanted to share. Sign up at your own risk.)
💖 Many of us are teachers and ALL of us are dealing with Covid restrictions so the good peeps at Teach Write, LLC have got you covered on how you can keep going with your writing at a safe distance with their Teach Write Academy.
There are multiple workshop opportunities there, but the one that interested me the most was the monthly Time to Write!: An Online Writing Workshop for Teacher-Writers. Their motto is "Together We Write Better". For a small fee you join a weekly session over the course of a month that will give you community and accountability in a safe (on multiple levels) on-line environment with other teacher writers. There are multiple times to choose from so as to fit your individual schedule. The times are a little tricky for me here in Switzerland, but I think I might try to join an August session. Will you join me?
💖 A name that is synonymous with children's writing AND community is Highlights Foundation.
Nestled in glorious northeastern Pennsylvania, Highlights is an amazing Wee-Source for children's writing retreats. I participated in a Highlights Poetry workshop back in 2012 where I
Right now Highlights is offering multiple workshops on a variety of children's writing subjects. And let me tell you, October is the month for children's poetry! Right now they are advertising on-site offerings. But as the Covid world evolves, that may change.
For those of us who can't travel to Highlights, they just announced another online treat: Meditations for Writers & Illustrators: An On Demand Course that will be starting next week. A whole list of online offerings are here. The awesomeness never ends!
Poet/author extraordinaire, Laura Shovan, reminded me that Highlights also recently reopened for Unworkshops where you can use their gorgeous facility and dining services as an unstructured writing retreat getaway. All the information on Unworkshops is HERE.
💖 Another name synonymous with the best of the best of children's writing is the Society of Children's Writers and Illustrators or SCBWI for short.
In the age of Covid, SCBWI has made the decision to hold all of their programs exclusively online. That means, no matter where you are in the world, you can participate in an SCBWI event! No planes, no hotels, no time off work! You just need to pay a participation fee, wear your best pajamas/sweats, and drink your steaming cup of tea while you learn from the masters! Speaking of masters, Linda Sue Park is the keynote speaker for the Indiana region's conference: Diversity Day: Writing Outside Your Lane on Saturday 12 September. There is a price difference between member and non-member, but either way, SCBWI events are an incredible value. And, many make available a recording of the event for registered participants after the event is over. Perfect if you are in another timezone! Check out all the Regional Webinars here.
💖 And if you want to be a part of the most amazing writing community on the planet, look into the MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults (MFAC) program at Hamline University.
I am proud to be an alumna and even prouder to be presenting my webinar: Poetic License: Road Tested Methods for Adding Poetry to Your WIP for High-Octane Reader Benefit to my fellow alumni this weekend! Utilizing my Language Learning education and experience, my webinar is about how to infuse poetic elements into your writing for not only reader enjoyment/engagement, but also for huge language learning benefits. I gave a different version of this talk back in April through SCBWI-Switzerland. I'm happy to say I got to know some wonderfully supportive and talented writers from all over the world through that experience - a shout out to Elisabeth in Switzerland and Kathy in California!
Contact me if you'd like me to share my webinar with your organization.
As more 'writing in community' Wee-Sources come through my inbox, I will share them with you, dear Weaders. Please contact me direct (bridgetatbridgetmageedotcom) if you know of or are involved in an opportunity you'd like to share. I'd be happy to feature you/it on my blog!
💖 THANK YOU to Tabatha who shared the following additional writing retreat Wee-Sources:
I have the BEST Weaders. 💓
Enjoy today's acrostic poem and its central message...(see what I did there?)
at the centeR
of my desirE to
is the uRge to
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