National Day on Writing was . . . yesterday

Check out WTWP’s gallery:

What we lacked in quantity, we made up for in quality.  Thanks for your submissions.  I approved everything that came my way, so if you sent something and don’t see it up here, you might try again.  As of today, Oct 21, I am still able to view and process new submissions.

Wow! W.O.W. was fun

The pictures are beginning to come in from last weekend’s Writing on the Water (W.O.W.) retreat at Paris Landing State Park, TN.  Sixteen of us gathered for writing, laughter, fried catfish galore on the buffet, and more writing.  Oh, and there were frog legs on the buffet Friday night: yum yum!   I’d like to thank Beth, Lana, and Lee for organizing another refreshing W.O.W. this year.  This is one of my favorite pics that Nelda sent me: Kentucky Lake at dawn.  Now what writer would not be inspired upon viewing this from their hotel balcony at the break of day?

WTWP’s Gallery of Writing is ready . . .

I just received approval and confirmation of WTWP’s space in the National Gallery of writing, sponsored by NCTE.  Here’s the URL:

This is open to any WTWP TC and you can submit only one piece.  I have to approve all pieces, so don’t worry about non-WTWP folks sabotaging our gallery.

If you want to get a gallery for your class or other group, it’s very easy.  It took over a week to get WTWP’s up and running, so plan ahead.  You can get started here:

Writing on Water is October 15-16

Mark your calendars everybody: October 15-16 is the annual Writing on Water retreat just for WTWP TCs.  Held at beautiful Paris Landing State Park Inn in Paris, TN, this is a chance for us to get away from it all for two days and just write with like-minded people.  Most of the cost is picked up by WTWP.  You pay only $35 for a night at the Inn and four buffet-style meals at the Inn restaurant, where there’s plenty of fried catfish, pecan pie, and other southern delights. 

Here’s the brochure in PDF form and you can also access it from both WTWP web sites, clickable from the images on the right.  Hope you see you there! 

Writing on Water_Retreat Brochure 2010

baseball and writing

As you can see, I received an autographed baseball from Turner Field as a parting gift from the teachers of the Summer Institute.   Go Braves!  All the teachers signed it.  Thanks especially to Doug B for thinking of me when he visited Turner Field and thanks to everyone again in the Summer Institute for a great four weeks together.

Another summer institute wraps up . . .

. . . but this is only the beginning.  14 brand new fantastic teachers participated this year, plus JennyB and LanaW as SIFT-ers, and what a crowd we were (and still are)!  I can’t say enough about the quality of the teaching demonstrations, the writing, the camaraderie, the  . . .the . . . well it was all good.  And lunch at Opera House to celebrate was delicious.  Thanks everybody for making this a summer to remember!