Why I Write

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    Join NCTE for the National Day on Writing, Oct. 20. 2017.

The National Council for the Teachers of English created a National Day on Writing. TeachWrite friends, this is the perfect opportunity for us to join the nation in telling our own #WhyIWrite stories.

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I think a lot about why I write. I’ve been a writer ever since I was given my first diary with a lock and key.  Inside I wrote about my crushes, my worries, my dreams.  I wrote really bad poetry, but I wrote.  Now I make my writing more public, no more key.  But why?

I write to

  • connect: This is not why I started writing, but it is the reason I continue.  When something I write connects to the life of someone else, there is a powerful story being woven into the universe.


  • know what I am thinking: I can be a bit of a scatter-brain.  Just ask my kids.  When I write, I have to make some sense of things.  I also find that when I am dealing with tough stuff, writing helps. Writing can heal.



  • love language: I love the way our language works.  I’m fascinated by words.  Writing can be a puzzle. Letter by letter, word by word, you are building something beautiful and unique.  I adore poetry.  I have discovered the richness of language by reading and writing poetry for children.



  • be better: I am always striving to be a better person in my teaching, with my family, and through my self-care.  Writing helps me be that better person.  Writing can lead me to myself and reveal a part of my soul I cannot access in other ways.


See more of my writing at Reflections on the Teche.

Why do you write?  Answer that question in your own voice and add the link below.



#TeachWrite Questions for August 7th

7:30-Introduce yourself
7:34-What are your earliest memories of writing?
7:42-How has writing brought you Joy?
How do you connect with other writers?
7:58-In what ways do you nurture the writer in you?
8:06-What have you learned about yourself as a writer as a result of your own writing?
8:14-What is one wish you have for yourself as a writer?
8:22-What do you need as a teacher who writes? How can we help?
8:26-Invitation to write this month on the topic of Joy.



Invitation to the #TeachWrite Chat

Join us the first Monday of every month for #TeachWrite, a new Twitter chat dedicated to growing teachers as writers and teachers of writers.

Do you….

Believe that teaching writing is easier when teachers are writers themselves?

Believe that our own writing lives deserve to be nurtured?

Believe that all writers grow through dedicated writing time?

Believe that all writers need support and encouragement?

Believe that writing is a messy process and the best way to learn this is through our own practice?

Believe that when teachers write, they make writing a priority in their classrooms?

Our chat will support teachers not only in their quest to become better teachers of writers, but to become better writers ourselves.

Join us the first Monday of every month for #TeachWrite, a new Twitter chat dedicated to growing teachers as writers and teachers of writers.

Our first chat is Monday, August 7th at 7:30PM EST with the topic of  “Writing for the JOY of It!”

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