This is my last blog post as the writer-in-residence. When I began this residency back in January, ice lay thick on the sidewalks. The air was freezing and the sunlight started to fade by four o’clock each afternoon. We’ve gone a whole year around and we’re back where we started.
Except that I am different.
And that is because of you all.
Seeing all of your faces at the workshops – speaking to close to four hundred of you, reading your writing at office hours, emailing with you, talking with you, answering your questions and asking so many questions of my own – not only has all of that been a great joy, I can also genuinely say that it has made me a better writer. I’ve become braver because I’ve had to implement the lessons I’ve tried to teach. I’ve had to think more carefully about what I do believe about writing, because I wanted to explain my thoughts to those who were asking.
Thank you for listening.
Thank you for trusting me with your writing.
Thank you for encouraging me to grow as a writer.
And now. . .to hand over the reins to the new 2019 Writer-in-Residence!