Day 19 – Slice of Life Challenge – We have a writing Group

We have a writing group! We started years ago when most of us were part of the Minnesota Writing Project. We were randomly thrown together – 4 of us!computer.jpg

  • two old and two young
  • all teachers
  • all married, three with kids and one with no kids
  • all white
  • two traveled a great deal and two did not

We have lost one member and gained another over the years the stats have changed a little

  • 3 younger and one older
  • all teachers
  • all married and all with kids
  • all white
  • one travels often and three travel some

We don’t gather often. We only see each other when meeting in this writing group. The last time we met was in the summer.

We are gathering this morning. We have all uploaded our writing into the google doc folder to provide us with a chance to preview each others thoughts.

We listen and share, read our writing out loud and comment on what we hear. This is not an editing group although a little of that happens (just because it is hard in a group of teachers to not fix a comma or a miss spelled word).

We don’t live very close to each other and yet we make this commitment to write and to meet. There is something internal in each of us that feels the need to write, to share thoughts through words but our daily lives make that hard to do.

So, every so often we carve out time to write, to meet for a few hours, and to listen with open hearts to the written words of friends.

Is there a better way to spend a Sunday morning?

 

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About Joanne Toft

I am a retired Minneapolis Public School teacher. I walk, garden, help in schools and write. Life is good!
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21 Responses to Day 19 – Slice of Life Challenge – We have a writing Group

  1. franmcveigh says:

    Joanne,
    This sounds like the perfect way to spend a Sunday morning. Love the idea of a writing group!

  2. So excited you have a writing group! I miss mine – Google docs are a good idea

  3. JudyK says:

    It sounds like a wonderful thing, to have people who you can depend on and share your writing experiences. What fun! ~JudyK

  4. msosterman49 says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading your piece. Two days from now I will be sitting down with my writing group. We meet once a month. We write during our time together. Some start something new others work of something they’ve begun. It is the comradery that feeds us to write. It was wonderful to read how another group is finding their way.

    • Joanne Toft says:

      I like that you write together. We have never done that. We always use your time to hear each others pieces and comment. The use of google docs came when we were far apart and couldn’t always meet in person. Now it just works to share our work ahead of time. Thanks for sharing.

  5. rdicarne says:

    I would love to be part of a writing group. I use to have a writing partner, but life took us in different directions. Enjoy.
    ritadicarne.com

  6. rosecappelli says:

    Sounds like a great way to spend the morning. There is nothing like meeting in person to share ideas and give feedback. Wonderful that you have made the commitment and stick with it.

  7. wahooteacher says:

    I would love to be a part of a writing group:) This sounds like such a wonderful experience!

  8. Sonja Schulz says:

    Your writing group sounds delightful! I’ve tried a few over the years, but they haven’t been super successful. Maybe someday!

    • Joanne Toft says:

      It is tricky for sure – we went many years without meeting and are now all living in the same city again so we are working on it. Hope you can find a group some day.

  9. vendija723 says:

    Wow, that’s something I’ve never done. It sounds amazing. And yes, Google Docs is a great way to solicit feedback; I enjoy using it with my students and can definitely see how it would benefit a writing group.

  10. room311news says:

    I love this idea! How did it even start? I think my colleagues would look at me like I was crazy if I suggested one.

  11. arjeha says:

    Can’t think of a better way to spend a morning. I used to belong to a writing group that met once a month. Always looked forward to that time.

  12. I love the idea of a writing group. My classroom is the closest thing I’ve got to that. Maybe one of these summers I’ll participate in a writing project!

  13. Pat says:

    It sounds great! I get what you mean about teachers letting a mistake pass. Having a group keeps you writing, I think.

    • Joanne Toft says:

      Yes the group keeps us writing and brings focus to the projects we are working on. Two Writing Teachers does that as well but the face to face time is great as well.

  14. tbreitweiser says:

    What type of writing did you share this meeting?

    • Joanne Toft says:

      Each person brought a current piece – one had a life poem each stanza being 6 words, one was just daily thoughts needing to be expressed, one was a reflection on numbers – a bit like a riddle and I share a older blog post which contains questions I am puzzling out about writing. Some times people are working longer projects then we share just smaller sections of that work. We only meet for about 2 hours so our writings are short. We each come with a focus we want others to look at as well.

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