It’s hard for me to come to terms with the fact that the 2020 TWT SOLC is coming to a close.   I have needed this experience and relied on this community over the past few weeks in ways I never imagined. I’ve always enjoyed the month of March.  I’ve always felt proud of myself for writing every day for 31 days.  I’ve always loved the writers I have met along the way, some of us staying connected over many years. But this year was different.  This year, the TWT Slice of Life Challenge has helped me survive.  It has helped me feel grounded.  It has helped me stay somewhat sane.  And for that, I say  thank you, Two Writing Teachers (TY, TWT).

I remember back to February, when I was already starting to think about some writing projects for March’s challenge.  My plan was to do some of the writing work that we were asking kids to do so that I could use my writing as a model for instruction.  Who knew then what kind of crazy turn we  would take in March. I abandoned those plans pretty quickly, and began writing to try to figure out what my life was going to be like as it was now being hijacked by the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Writing over the past few weeks has helped me to express feelings and try to figure out life in a pandemic.  Writing has helped me to work through some tough situations and also share some of the beautiful things that were happening in spite of (or maybe as a result of) this virus. TWT has helped me to connect with others, and to hear their stories and how they were managing through this novel event.  And then there were the comments.  Hearing how people were responding to each other made me feel so connected, and so cared for. Writing and commenting has helped me find meaning in the midst of this crisis.

Thanks to TWT, people from all over the world spent a month connecting with each other through writing and commenting during a time when many of us were feeling so isolated, so frightened, and so on edge.

TY, TWT!  I don’t know what I’m going to do without you when April arrives.


9 thoughts on “TY,TWT”

  1. I have thought much the same. The challenge has given me such a positive view of how others are coping in such crazy times. It’s like a window into another home. A home where people are kind, curious, and encouraging. Thanks for so eloquently writing my feelings about TWT . Thanks for leading the way.

  2. I completely agree! I was looking back through my posts from this month & saw a piece that I was writing in front of my students. My plan had been to return to that piece several times throughout the month, but instead I only used it twice. What a wild ride it has been. I am going to miss this daily ritual for sure.

  3. I’ve been grateful to our TWT team who easily could have abandoned this project. Instead, they stayed the course with us. Like you, I’m not sure what I would have done without this group of people to write and process the totally unexpected turn taken during the month. As for missing this group, don’t hesitate to join the writers who write all month during April for Poetry Month!

  4. Ditto. Given the way time is bending in the present distance-learning, shelter-in-place unreality, I’ve been weighing maintaining some form of Story Challenge writing routine when the calendar flips to April.

  5. Your thank you letter is well-written and expresses thoughts that many of us probably carry. I join you in thanking the TWT and this community. The writing has not been a challenge but rather a survival tool.

  6. It’s been difficult for me to write during this time. My mind is a jumble of worry and angst. Still, I think the challenge has helped me to gather my thoughts and I will miss it too. I will miss reading the slices and learning from them. Your post today went a long way to pointing out to me how grateful I am for this platform.

  7. I’m sorry your writing didn’t take the direction you had hoped at first, but you still created some great pieces that can be shared with students!

  8. This group sure carried us through a rough and wild month. I found I couldn’t stick with my memoir writing each day because sometimes my pen needed to release some strong feelings and worries, but showing up to the page each day was truly cathartic. Will you post on Tuesdays? Will you join a Poetry Month group? Wishing you wellness and happiness!

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