My work for the National Writing Project is work. No question. There is a lot of tedious, stressful, logistical, brain-hurting, cat-herding work that comes with directing a National Writing Project site. But this is always balanced by what NWP gives me.
Teaching is stressful. Working in education is stressful. This has always been true and a particular challenge at this point in the school year (just ask Vicki Davis as she explains how to make it to the end of the year). Just today one of our Morehead Writing Project site leaders referred to our site as a refuge. For me, those hours and days when I can forget the stress and tedium and just focus on writing and writers are definitely a much-needed respite that helps me maintain my tenuous hold on sanity. I know this is true of others as well.
Read the full “Where do you find refuge?” post on my Metawriting blog at: http://metawriting.deannamascle.com/