One of the core truths of the National Writing Project is that writing teachers need to be writers too and it is wonderful to see how many members of the Morehead Writing Project community are taking that to heart this month. This is your reminder that it is not too late for you to join one or more communities of writers this June!
Site Director Deanna Mascle is once again taking a leadership role in the National Writing Project’s Write Across America although Kentucky is not hosting a stop this year (we thought after three years that we should encourage other states). Our first stop in 2023 is Hawaii and you won’t want to miss that adventure or this wonderful community so sign up here. There will be opportunities to share our writing beyond the marathon event and there are plans in the works to extend the marathon to include monthly stops through the school year (September to April). We know the power of the writing marathon and are excited to have more opportunities to share it with our community.
Lexington Poetry Month is once again in full swing and if you haven’t signed up to participate then there is still time! Even if you choose not to participate, you should definitely spend some time with the poetry and writing in response. Check out the first poems posted (to date) by members of our community participating this year:
- Alison Hruby
- Deanna Mascle
- Ann Haney
- Patrick Johnson
- Liz Prather
- Nancy Gourde
- Manny Grimaldi
- Amy Le Ann Richardson
Remember that one of the stated goals of the Morehead Writing Project is:
Evangelizes for the power and magic of writing as an intrinsic good as well as a powerful force for life, learning, and comprehensive literacy by offering programs for writers of all agesWho Are We?
If you are looking for additional writing inspiration check out the 2023 Small Poems, Great Writers invitations as well as the collections inspired by that work: Crosscurrent and 2023 MSU Small Poems, Great Writers.
Next week we will kick off the 2023 Morehead Writing Project Online Summer Institute (led by Site Director Deanna Mascle and Summer Institute Co-Director Leslie Workman) and the Writing/Media track of the Morehead State University Summer Arts Academy (led by Camp Directors Alora Chesney Jones and Eric Morris).
There are also many plans in the works for leadership development as well as authentic writing opportunities for elementary, middle, and high school writers for the 2023-2024 academic year so stay tuned for your chance to write our future. But right now we hope you will take June to re-connect with your inner writer so you can be the teacher your writers need come August.