I was an interdisciplinary major in college because I wanted to do so much. Teaching eventually won out, but the writer within is alive and well. This spring I enrolled in an eight week memoir writing class with Kathryn Eastburn, who is a master at her craft. Loved every minute of it. Workshop was so worth the two-hour round trip to Colorado Springs each week.
I got to meet inspiring writers such as JL Fields, a certified vegan lifestyle coach & educator, personal chef, career coach, and a corporate consultant. JL is wrapping up work on her first solo cook book. She invited me to join the My Writing Process blog tour (#mywritingprocess). Read her answers here.
And here are mine:
What am I working on?
Blogging here is my main project. I suppose you could call it an attempt to develop my voice. This summer I’m determined to find a rhythm to blogging as well as write for a few of my favorite web forums, such as this piece.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
My writing here falls into the genre of persona-narrative-career-centered-soft-journalism. I focus fairly narrowly on my journey as an educator, the community in which I teach, and the national education reform movement.
Why do I write what I do?
I love my school and community. I’m invested in the story we’re telling. I talk about it all the time so writing about it was the natural next step.
How does my writing process work?
TBD. This is all new to me. I try to articulate weekly what I encounter as a teacher: situations involving students, colleagues, and enlightenment from readings on the profession. I think it’s important to regularly share ed reform news culled from around the web. Experience. Read. Write. That’s the process in a nutshell. Ok! Passing the #MyWritingProcess torch to:
Parkhurst is a brilliant colleague. I’m in awe of her ability to wear the equally demanding hats of career educator and Young Adult novelist. Find Parkhurst www.johannaparkhurst.com/blog.