This past weekend, several PAWLPers had the opportunity to attend the 2014 NCTE Annual Convention in Washington DC. Below are a handful of reflections from what was a truly amazing experience. Read more
By Gaetan Pappalardo
I circled the neighborhood looking for a place to park that wasn’t too, well…suspicious? I wasn’t breaking the law, even though I felt a little mischievous. Bangor, Maine in April is pretty desolate. I couldn’t hide in a crowd or park in a lot. The streets are wide. It’s quiet. I drove around the block a few times trying to gather the nerve to park, excitement growing with each pass. There’s no mistaking his house. He’s definitely not hiding from the public’s eye. The black gargoyles perched atop the wrought iron fence were a dead giveaway. Stephen King has lived here since 1980. He’s spent time in various locations in Maine throughout his life and also did a stint in Boulder, Colorado where he wrote The Shining, but Maine is his home.
When asked, “Why Bangor? Why did you pick this place to settle down and write?”
by Gaetan Pappalardo
The writing workshop is fluid. The currents and tides are in constant motion (literally and figuratively) because it’s fueled by the human element. I’m not going to lie. It’s a mess. I know this sounds like a headache. It certainly can be, but kids need this “mess” to find the gold. Barry Lane, author, speaker, and musician, states in his book, But How Do you Teach Writing?, that real writing needs time, space, and freedom. Read more