To Write Love On Her Arms (TWLOHA)
This organization has encouraged me to write more than I ever had dreamed of before encountering them. Twice a year, we're encouraged to write 'LOVE' on our arms to raise awareness about mental health, substance abuse, and suicide. While 'LOVE' is only one word, it means a lot. You just never know to whom.
This is one of the most important books to my own growth as a writer. One of the ways in which I have started to share my writing is through performance. It takes a lot to get up on stage, and even more to make your writing ready for audio performance. By expanding my own artistic experience, I feel I can better incorporate different modalities into my classrooms. I'm more used to translating and understanding how style affects my message to others in the class.
During my Junior year of college, I found this resource - the Writing Center. Not only did I learn about what helped me as a writer, but I also learned how to show that I value a student's writing and am willing to let them take control of their own process. I also learned that asking for help is okay. Other people should read my writing and give me feedback before I'm ready to publish, present, or otherwise finalize the piece.