‘Tis the season for graduation — more specifically, high school graduation! Let’s put all of those flashbacks of Pomp and Circumstance to use this weekend with a couple of writing prompts inspired by the momentous occasion.
This Sunday at the 92nd Street Y, I will join Pat Schneider, Sapphire, and many other brilliant writers for a full day and evening exploring Writing As A Spiritual Practice and the Amherst Writers and Artists Method of teaching writing.
Peter Elbow called Pat Schneider, “The wisest teacher of writing I know.” I’ll take it a step further and say she is the wisest person I know. Pat has many gifts, but I personally think that the source of her strength as a writer, teacher, activist, and human being is her willingness to be vulnerable. Something magical happens when Pat speaks; she creates room for everyone to go deeper, open up, heal, and be at their absolute best. I feel honored to call her my friend, as well as a role model.
I personally do my best thinking in the shower, when I am not trying to think at all. Ideas pop into my head, and fly out as fast as they arrived. And it is the one place I never have anything to write on or type or talk into to preserve my brilliance. (Friends, feel free to buy me bathtub crayons for my birthday.) And it isn’t always about writing — I invent things, dream up reality shows, remember random childhood moments, and solve climate change, only to forget everything by the time I’ve dried off.