There is much to be excited about, as I sit here in this first day of September 2014.
I am thrilled to be launching my second year of Write Now!, as well as my brand new website! Doesn't she look beautiful? (I look forward to adding more photos of the fabulous middle school writers - I didn't have any pics of you guys!) I have been working really hard these past weeks to get the website up and running and it has been so satisfying to see it all come together. Thank you to Elisabeth Winnen, creator of Elisabeth's Art House, for building the website with me. Elisabeth teaches after school art classes for children in Portland. Check out her website at www.elisabethsarthouse.com.
This is the first year for the SES Read Aloud Program. I will begin every school-day reading a good book and thinking about it with a group of kids. Lucky me! I'm looking through books to choose a really great one. I am thinking about starting with the series we have been enjoying at home this summer. Percy Jackson. I am open to suggestions. Send your ideas to me! Let's try out that contact page.
I am also excited for my own writing forecast this year. I will continue to write weekly with Portland Women Writers. www.pdxwomenwriters.com. Also, I just joined a new writing group of writers who are working on projects. We will submit our writing to each other monthly for critique. The book I wrote last year has been sitting in its folder on my desk while I have been meeting all the challenges and curve balls that suddenly flew my way this last year. Now its time to focus on my own writing again, and I look forward to having the support of this group. Thirdly, I learned of Amherst Writers and Artists, an international community of writing workshop leaders. www.amherstwriters.com. They train writers to become workshop leaders in a style based on the principle that the teaching of craft can be practiced without damage to the creative spirit. This is exactly what I am up to with kids in my After-School Writer's Workshops. I have been accepted to the AWA Training, which I will attend in 2015. I will continue to hone my skill in teaching writing to kids, and I may branch out into the world of facilitating writing groups for adults in the not-too-distant future.
Here's to a year of growing as writers!
"We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master." -Ernest Hemmingway
Sarah Pemberton is a teacher, a writer, and the founder of Write Now!. Sarah lives in Portland, Oregon with her two daughters.