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Still Learning

Megan Norris Jones

Megan Norris Jones

When I was in college, professors used to talk about “self-directed learning” and developing the skills to be a “lifelong learner.” I heard the buzzwords, but I didn’t really get what they meant. How could I? I had spent my entire life having everyone from my parents to my teachers to my professors sit me down daily and teach me things that I needed to know. I even had the nerve to resent being taught certain things that I didn’t find as interesting as others.

It wasn’t until I was in the middle of my first manuscript that I understood the necessity of self-education because, well, I had no idea what I was doing. It was the first time in my life that (1) I really wanted to do something that (2) I had no idea how to do and (3) no one to teach me. Continue reading

Insomniacs Anonymous 11-21-14

WriteOwls

WriteOwls

You’re awake. Instead of writing the Great American Novel—or even a mediocre one—you’re reading our blog. Okay, then. We offer a topic; you respond. Let your fellow writers inspire you, and return to that manuscript refreshed.

What’s the best writer’s conference you ever attended and what made it so great?

Insomniacs Anonymous 10-21-14

You’re awake. Instead of writing the Great American Novel—or even a mediocre one—you’re reading our blog. Okay, then. We offer a topic; you respond. Let your fellow writers inspire you, and return to that manuscript refreshed.

Have you ever read a book that made you have to sleep with the lights on?

For Nuwanda

Naomi Hawkins-Rowe

Naomi Hawkins-Rowe

If you’ve seen the movie, Dead Poets Society, than you’re familiar with John Keating1)An allusion to Geoffrey Keating or John Keats?—my vote is for the latter. The character, portrayed by the late Robin Williams. passionately reciting the words of Walt Whitman’s poem, “Oh Me! Oh Life!” The boys, of course, are all ears. Really, who wouldn’t be taken by an invitation to acknowledge one’s existence, to be a part of life, to contribute something to a world that’s decaying.2)Between NYT, Huffington Post & NPR I feel a little depressed most days. It’s a memorable scene.

The day I was hired over a decade ago to teach Continue reading

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1. An allusion to Geoffrey Keating or John Keats?—my vote is for the latter. The character, portrayed by the late Robin Williams.
2. Between NYT, Huffington Post & NPR I feel a little depressed most days.

Awakening my muse

Laura Ayo

Laura Ayo

Some of my fellow WriteOwls will be traveling this weekend to the annual Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators conference for our region. I, instead, will be leading 16 9-year-old Girl Scouts into the woods for a weekend of canoeing, singing and girl power. I can’t wait.

Sure, I’m bummed about missing the conference. But perhaps reconvening with nature will awaken my muse from the stubborn slumber she’s slipped into this past month. Continue reading