Children learn from their parents; teachers learn from their students.
Strange, but true.
I’m teaching Creative Writing this year, and I’m learning every day. In my college Linguistics class, I had to teach a transactional grammar lesson. I learned that day that to teach something, you have to know it well.
Teaching these teens makes me think. I’m compelled to find examples of what works and what doesn’t and explain why. I’ve taken on quite the cheerleader role, coaxing and encouraging writers who lack confidence.
And they’re blossoming.
The lessons are lessons of style and grammar and imagery…but they’re life lessons, too.
They bare their souls in their writing, and if you remember anything about the teen years, you know there’s anguish there—deep emotion simmering just below the surface.
We talk about universals—how all of us face something, how we all need help to cope, how we can all work to understand those who are different from us.
We look in, we look around, and we look up. We’ve uncovered spiritual journeys, paths lined with question marks, lit by a beam of hope.
We met at the 2007 Florida Christian Writers Conference and knew that God had brought us together. From that beginning, we have encouraged, supported and critiqued each other's writing ministries. Now we are more than an online writing group...we are kindred hearts involved in all aspects of each other's successes and heartaches, both as writers and as friends. Our goal is to bring glory to God with the words we write. Join us for an up close and personal glimpse into the joys and struggles of five women attempting to do God's will with the written word.