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I think it is Nancie Atwell that uses the metaphor of the dining room table for workshop. During the National Writing Project's Summer Institutes, we take a seat at the table to engage with one another around literacy. Every summer I have participated in the institute I am always amazed at how reading, talking writing (And food. Cannot forget food.) creates such strong bonds so quickly. Any TC I have ever met says so. As well, you will hear of the unexpected personal stories that unfold, the amount of tears shed and a few that find the "counseling atmosphere" a bit annoying. I never did. For me, when I write it is usually about pain. The dark underbelly of my life that I work to hide form most people. I have always known this about myself. Even as a child I wrote in journals pushed under my bed, out of my sibling's sight. Pain surfaces when I write. I would rather not share too much pain with others but it seeps out of my mind onto the paper most of the time.
This challenge is amazing for many reasons. For me personally, it is a chance to commit myself to a meaningful pursuit. Although I hope not to let pain pour from my fingertips in this public place, I will not sensor the truth because what I love most is writing that is real. I will be true in this space and dig for the happy at the same time.