When Rachel Dunaway invited me to spend an hour with her creative writing class at Nashville’s Donelson Christian Academy, I was ecstatic. I read her email while shuffling through Atlanta’s Hartsfield Jackson International Airport, and I know I scared my fellow travelers.
It echoed through cavernous Concourse A.
On January 16, I spent part of a morning with Mrs. Dunaway and her class. They sent thoughtful, curious questions in advance. Like:
- How do you deal with writer’s block?
- What was your publishing process like?
- Why do you care about the Natchez Trace?
- How do you reconcile faith and creative pursuits?
- How do you expand upon small ideas?
- What characters do you find difficult to write? How do you develop your characters?
We engaged in conversation for close to an hour. They asked even more questions, and they shared their experiences with the assignment I gave them.
Ask a parent about a favorite memory from before he/she had you. Write a short essay about that conversation.
As they shared their stories about how it made them feel to connect with their parents on that level, we talked about writing. Our relationships and our willingness to delve deeper anchor any creative endeavor. Several students heard new stories about their parents. I’m honored to be a catalyst for those memories.
I’m grateful to Mrs. Dunaway and her class at Donelson Christian Academy. Through reaching out to me, you took me back to when I was one of you. In a class in a Christian school. My soul bursting with dreams.
May you surpass your dreams.
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