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5/27/12

A Little Too Much Community and Not Enough Writing

This past month I have been so caught up in “community” and writerly activities that I actually forgot to post on my day. I was at the end of a week as author-in-residence at Yellow Springs Elementary School, where I worked with three fifth grade classes. Some of the writing the students produced in that one week is amazing, and I am touched by the letters they wrote me. Here are a few comments: “You helped me to pursue my happiness,” from Elizabeth; “Your saying specific is terrific improved the details in my story,” from Ben; “I really enjoyed the four days of writing,” from Michael; “Ever since you came, I have been writing,” from Alex; “You helped me discover new word choices for my stories. Like you said, specific is terrific,” from Kevin; and “I enjoyed writing about my querencia. I read that piece of writing to my grandma and she had tears in her eyes,” from Gabby.

Then, before there was time to rest, I was off to Louisville, Kentucky to speak on an alumni panel at the Spalding University MFA residency, along with fellow spud Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen. It was fun to have a chance to catch up with Stephanie and some other old friends from Spalding. (Wish I had a photo to post, but we were so busy, it didn't cross my mind until too late.)

But I am an introvert at heart and am longing for the seclusion of my writing cabin and a chance to get back to my novel-in-progress, which is where you’ll find me this week.

6 comments:

Lauren said...

What a gift you are, Edie. You have stirred many communities with your writing and now it is time to go home and stir your muse. I love the student quotes. I wish I had been one of them, receiving your wisdom!

Sue P. said...

I know how easy it is to get caught up in the side activities and lose sight of why we do this in the first place. Have a good week.

Edie Hemingway said...

Thanks, Lauren and Sue!

Christy said...

Edie, those kids are going to quote you their whole lives! Isn't it thrilling to watch the desire to write ignite in others? I love the response from Gabby--you are moving others to move others. But now you can be still. Won't that be nice?

Stephanie said...

Was so great to see you! Sorry I didn't get a chance to say goodbye, I was on the 5am shuttle Sat. morn... Apparently our panel was called the best ever, so yay us!

Mark said...

I hope the feedback from your students inspires you as you return to work this week!