WAR is coming and I'm getting ready for it. Not the nuclear bomb-dropping kind of war but the WAR for Literacy conference on March 24, 2018. The planning team just held its first meeting and it got me jazzed for this event.
One person I'm especially excited to see present is Joe Davis, a poet whom we were able to bring to my school this year to work with our students. Joe was terrific. He engaged the kids, got them thinking, writing, and sharing (no easy feat) and performed his own poetry for them. Joe stamped "Cool" over the word poetry and allowed my students to see that poetry is for everyone. After watching him in action and seeing how the students responded to him, it was a no-brainer that I needed to invite him to present at WAR. If you go to WAR for no other reason, Joe Davis is worth attending the conference to see his presentation.
Another new presenteer this year at WAR will be Patrick Henry a professor at UND. With a masters in fiction, Patrick teaches creative writing at the university. He'll be teaching a session at the WAR conference on characters and character development. What's amazing about this addition is he reached out to us, asking if he could get involved some way in the conference. Yes, please.
We have others who will be facilitating sessions and leading discussions. I can't wait. WAR is coming to Grand Forks. I'll be ready for it--will you? It could make all the difference.