In response to the Morehead State University Coronavirus policy, the Morehead Writing Project is canceling its Spring 2020 Writing Retreat originally planned for Saturday, April 11, on the campus of Morehead State University.
However, because writers have to write no matter (or perhaps because of) what life brings upon us, a group of MWP leaders have created (on the fly so be patient if we are not perfect) a Facebook group to serve as our own retreat and respite from the travails of life and teaching in this time of peril.
Tuesday night (March 17) a group of National Writing Project leaders gathered for a “Connecting the Network” Zoom call to do what NWP does best: we wrote, we shared, and we brainstormed ways to support ourselves and our work in the coming weeks and months. There was sharing, there were tears even though that meant we all needed to touch our faces, and we connected across distances that disappeared because our words touched our hearts. That is the spirit of connection and creation we hope to capture with our Writing Retreat 2.0: Dispatches From Home.
As Liz Prather notes: This is an unprecedented time, and the lack of routine and normalcy can overwhelm us. We are writers, and therefore, we tend to feel things deeply and possibly overthink things. But writing is one of the best things we can do to restore and maintain our sanity and our routine. We will get through this, and we will do it with grace and toughness.
Join us at the Morehead Writing Project for an online writing celebration that will sustain us, encourage us, and provide us with a warm, supportive community of writers during these uncertain times.
There is no charge for our Writing Retreat 2.0 although if you have some money to spare we do appreciate the donation as we have outside funding. If you are a teacher in need of professional development credit or a pre-service teacher in need of field experience hours please contact Deanna Mascle (firstname.lastname@example.org) to make arrangements.
Unwilling/unable to commit to a Facebook group? Check out our weekly writing prompts on the Need A Respite post.
We hope in the future we will be able to explore the theme intended for our Spring 2020 retreat:
Retreat Coordinator Karen Van Kirk says the theme for the day will be Growing Stories. The day will include prompts and guided writing activities to help us share our growing stories from either our personal or professional lives. Anyone who has ever been a child, parented a child, or taught a child is encouraged to attend to reflect and write about their stories of growth.
You can learn more about our Writing Retreat 1.0 by reading about the Fall 2019 Writing Retreat, A Story Runs Through It: Write What Matters, in Write Out in Eastern Kentucky.