Three Short Years — SOLSC 13

I met with my mentee this morning for a couple of hours. I’ve been volunteering with Girls Write Now for three years now. It’s so hard to believe it’s already three years, and that Naima is about to graduate from high school. Being her mentor has been a great experience for me — and for her, too, I hope! — and I’m excited to see her move into the next stage of her life as she starts college in the fall, and I’m already thinking ahead to what I’ll do next year. Yes, I can re-up as a mentor and meet a new, equally-wonderful young woman to work with. And it’s likely that I’ll do exactly that. But Naima and I clicked so instantly and our meetings were great from the start. Surely I can’t get that lucky twice in a row.

But those decisions are for another day. Today was about laughing over cups of tea at our favorite cafe and doing some writing. I found some great writing prompts on the Warren Wilson College website, and we’ve been working through them. We’ve tried writing stories using only one-syllable words (so hard!) and writing a story that’s 26 sentences long, each sentence beginning with the next letter of the alphabet. Today we wrote about our first names — why they were chosen for us, what stories are attached to them, what they mean.

I have a few months of Sunday morning hangouts with Naima left. I’m already feeling nostalgic for them.


We’re almost halfway through the 2016 edition of the Slice of Life Story Challenge! Head over to Two Writing Teachers to see what the rest of the slicers are up to … and to post the link to your own slice!

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14 thoughts on “Three Short Years — SOLSC 13

  1. this is such a warm account of a relationship that might just continue for some years, even if you aren’t Naima’s official mentor once she starts college. And your writing prompts look so interesting. I will have to try them out.

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  2. This would be a program that my daughter would love. Thanks for sharing! Enjoy the Sundays you have left – you are making a difference in the life of a writer!

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    1. I wish my niece was enrolled in a program like this (she doesn’t live in NYC) … I wish there had been something like this when I was in high school. It would have been so great to work with a writer, to have someone push me to explore my craft more fully.

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  3. That is program I know I would have enjoyed as a teen were it available. You and Naima were lucky to find each other, it will a bittersweet chapter to close, but I’m sure there’s going to so more to her story and you in it as time goes by.

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  4. You, my friend do the coolest things for and with the young. I’m always impressed by your projects.
    And I need your help. I’m just about ready to put together this year’s Slicer video and I would love to have something from you in it- an image of the space that provides you with writing inspiration. It can be as wild and crazy as you life with a bit of a caption as well. I’m thinking something mind-blowing from you.
    send it to me-
    blkdrama@me.com
    Bonnie

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    1. That’s a tough one, Bonnie … I write everywhere! And I’m sure I don’t have pictures of any of those places. Let me see what I can do tomorrow. I need to take my new phone camera out for a spin … 🙂

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