I'm very proud of today's pic. That's because it's taken at lunch time during my second of four visits this month to St. Thomas High School in Pointe-Claire. When I visit schools, I try to stick around at lunch in case students want to come OF THEIR OWN VOLITION (!!!) and chat with me about writing. Usually, I get a handful of keen young writers, but today I had quite a crowd! I think it was because I had mentioned to the three classes I worked with this morning that I am beginning to brainstorm for my next book project which is going to involve school rules and what it's like to be a boy beginning to get interested in girls. So I told the students if they wanted to discuss any of this stuff with me, they should drop by -- and let's just say it was quite a discussion!
I went to St. Thomas today to teach about writing, but I think I learned as much from the students as they learned from me! Thanks to the lunch bunch for turning up, and for sharing your stories. I hope that in a small way, you learned some more about what I do -- keep my feelers out for interesting issues in the lives of today's teens, ask questions to the experts (meaning you guys!), and take a ton of notes.
I'll be back at St. Thomas on Monday and Tuesday next week. By then, I hope to have a story outline to show you. And I hope you'll be writing stories for me too... so I can provide some feedback. Sometimes, being a writer feels a little lonely, but not today. Today being a writer feels like it's about finding inspiration and energy in connecting with others. Thanks for that, you guys!
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Hi Ms. Polak, my class really enjoyed your writing workshops! Thank you for sharing your stories and expertise. My students that visited you during lunch had a lot of fun. Eric is looking forward to reading your next novel about school rules!
Thank you and see you soon!
Ms. Ditchburn`s English class
Hi Ashley M! Tnx for your comment. Hey, you can always come to have lunch with me on Monday or Tuesday next week when I'm back at St. Thomas. And Ms. Ditchburn, thanks for your message too. I had a blast with your class. Did Eric tell you I know his mom? -- she's also a writer! See you guys next week!