Weekend Coffee Share

It is the weekend! Welcome!

Thank you to the Two Writing Teachers blog for the March challenge! Thank you to Natalie for hosting the link party for all things Weekend Coffee Share!

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I joined a new critique group this week. We were matched through the Chicago Writers Association. It seems like a good match all around. We worked out details of how we are going to move forward. One brave soul (Thanks Liz!) shared the beginning of her novel and it was great conversation. We started a Slack (which you know I love!) and I am excited to see how this works out. We are meeting bi-monthly and I am sharing writing next.

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If we were having coffee, I would tell you my PUSH group was amazing this past week. We used a visual prompt and I was blown away by everyone’s writing. I am considering having everyone submit a flash story that surrounds one prompt and publish them. As a teacher, I see unique approaches to a prompt all the time but the talent of this group astounds me. I am honored to be able to have such great conversation each week. Our conversations continue about moving from Unpublished to Published in our course materials as well.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I am not looking forward to Daylight Savings time next weekend. I will try not to complain too much about something I cannot control.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I started reading George Saunder’s new book about the Russian short stories and how he leads his classes through it. I am fascinated by it and so easy to read. I look forward to digging into it more today.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I am hosting a #10MINFOR10DAYS challenge starting MARCH 15! Sign up here! It is a challenge for people who want to change their life in 10 minutes. This is a free challenge. I love the 10 minute time frame and have changed my writing routine using it. When you sign up and starting March 15 you will receive a daily email with inspiration. I am excited to share this method that has worked so well for me!

If we were having coffee, I would tell you this was the last week for my Slow Novel Lab with Nina LaCour. I am thrilled I took this class and was able to get so much out it. I met some great writers along the way as well. I will use her exercises over and over for all sizes of written pieces and highly recommend it. This round, she had us in small groups that met once a week and it was helpful. We were able to ask questions and benefit from everyone’s questions!

If we were having coffee, I would tell you the board decided to have students come back on April 8th. We are using a cohort model so I will have one group that comes to school in the building on Mondays and Tuesdays and a second group that will attend live on Thursday and Friday. While at home, they will be online joining class. It will be an interesting pivot for everyone.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I am participating in the Two Writing Teachers blog challenge. I have been posting to the blog daily. It has been wonderful to reconnect with so many talented educators I know and love to read! I learn so much during this month and have a running list going of things I want to try with my students and my writing.

Thank you for joining me for a coffee today. I would love to hear what you are working on and what you find inspiring.

13 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share

  1. How wonderful to get to learn from Nina Lacour! (Reminds me I need to buy her most recent book). I signed up for your #10minfor10days challenge–It couldn’t come at a better time! And thank you for the inspiration to write today. This is a surprisingly generative structure.

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    • She is amazing and full of knowledge. Her most recent book is amazing! I tore through it. I went back to her other’s after I read the most recent one. We are Okay is so good as well.
      You are welcome! The coffee chat is such a great way to write and read a post! I am so happy it inspired you.


  2. Tammy, I love how Elisabeth already wrote her post today because of your accidental inspiration. This is a lovely post, and I enjoyed the cup of coffee I had learning more about you! You are a busy writer.

    If we were having coffee, I would show you pictures of the sea and sand in Bahrain and lead you to notice how the sand matches the colors of the tall buildings in Manama, and the windows on those buildings match the sea in one of its many shades.

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  3. This is a great idea. I first stumbled upon it on Elisabeth’s blog and she sent me here. I feel like I have just had coffee with you. It sounds like you have so many great things going on right now. Let’s do coffee again soon.

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  5. Hi Tammy, getting your students back in a real classroom with their teachers has to be a good thing. What do they want you to do on Wednesdays – group Zoom most likely?

    Also, amen on the pending early morning DST alarms that will feel too early for at least a few days.

    Thanks for the visit.


  6. I’ll try again…my reply disappeared! As I was saying, I reached out to two of my friends this week to tell them (again) that I missed our coffee dates. One is a retired educator and the other only occasionally subs. We have great conversations that can last for over 3 hours as we sip from our hot mugs! If we were having coffee….I’d tell you that you sound busy!


  7. I loved learning so much about you and all the writing projects you’re involved with. I’m so glad your students are going back to real-life learning soon.

    As for daylight saving time, I personally really look forward to it, but I understand those who don’t. I for one can’t stand the time it ends.

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