“Tell the theme of your lives,” said Lucy Calkins yesterday (Monday, june 23, 2014) during her opening keynote at Riverside Church.
One theme of June 2014 Writing Institute is the people you meet both face to face and on Twitter. Why use Twitter? I am so impressed with the collegiality of the people that I know professionally, on-line, that I have also met in person.
Let’s start with Allison Jackson (@azajacks). We met face to face last year during the Writing Institute and our friendship has flourished especially after multiple on-line book chats. We’re enjoying seeing the sights of New York City and our conversations about both personal and professional lives – especially books!
Because of Twitter, I know Stacey Shubitz (@raisealithuman), of Two Writing Teachers fame. Because of Twitter conversations, we saved her a seat at Riverside Church and visited before the keynote. We met up with Stacey and Lisa Keeler (@rdgtchr13) for lunch today. Lisa was also just one pew behind us in Riverside Church yesterday. It was so easy to connect because “we already knew each other on Twitter.”
Because I know Stephanie Hardinger (@mshardinger) who is not attending, I also know her teaching partner Jake (@jakeban18) who is here at TCRWP and in both of my advanced sections. It just seems like there is less awkwardness when you already “know” the person through Twitter!
Another great Tweep, who I have followed on-line that is in my morning session, is Christina Nosek (@ChristinaNosek) who is at TCRWP with a group of teachers. She is already blogging about her writing assignments here.
Last year I met Ryan Scala (@rscalateach) and Sandy Brumbaum (@sbrumbaum). Ryan’s school is still in session but he will be at the Reading Institute next week and we hope to meet up with him later this week. Sandy is also in my second advanced session.
Tara Smith (@TaraSmith5), also of Two Writing Teachers, is currently at Boothbay but plans to meet up with us later this week to share our learning experiences. Ericka Perry (@perrer1) who learned Twitter alongside me last year at the Institute is also back again this summer.
Mollie Welsh Kruger (@molliewk) and I met this afternoon. Mollie is on the faculty at Bank Street College just down the street. It was such fun discussing both YA and professional literature as well as talking about classes taught as adjunct faculty member.
I am sure that I have left many folks out – and for that I apologize – but this quick post invites you to follow and learn from all folks at #tcrwp. It’s a great community of learners.
And the @TCRWP staff: Lucy joked that we would add 5 million Tweets in her keynote! I’ve met Amanda Hartman (@amandalah), the Associate Director for TCRWP, and she retweets my tweets and encourages others to follow me. She’s a rockstar herself. This year I’ve also met Emily Smith (@emilyjbsmith), Katie Clements (@Clemenkat), and Rebecca Cronin (@RebeccaCronin2). When added to last year’s Mary Ehrenworth (@maryehrenworth), Kathleen Tolan (@KathleenMTolan), and Colleen Cruz (@Colleen_Cruz ), the #TCRWP community is incredibly supportive.
Check it out yourself! Continue to learn after you leave the 2014 June Summer Writing Institute!