Writing on the Move
We are teachers, but we are also writers looking to be inspired by the city we live in and love. In the style of Natalie Goldberg’s writing marathons, we invite teachers to join us for a workshop where we will write on the move, both indoors and outdoors, opening up opportunities to be writers in the city that has inspired so many poets and authors. We will begin by reading and discussing three models of peripatetic writing prompts, possibly including haibun by Basho and Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Frank O’Hara’s Lunch Poems, and prose by Vivian Gornick. We’ll then send you off with your notebooks and a handful of optional, place-specific writing invitations to choose from. At the close of the session, we will come together to celebrate our work. Come to write, and leave with new inspiration and a handful of lesson plans, too.
Emily Moore teaches English, particularly the Poetry Workshop courses, at Stuyvesant High School. In 2013, she developed the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop for Teachers and partnered with Poets House to create and teach a P-credit course on the classroom teaching of poetry. In 2012, she earned her PhD from the CUNY Graduate Center with a focus on genre, poetics, and Shakespeare’s later plays. Her poems have appeared in the Brooklyn Poets Anthology, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and in her own chapbook, Shuffle, available from Paper Nautilus. She may or may not be the only poet to have read a sonnet involving Beyoncé on NPR.
Annie Thoms has taught English for more than twenty years, primarily at Stuyvesant High School, with a focus on writing workshops and theater. She has also worked as a teacher consultant with the New York City Writing Project, collaborating with teachers across the city. She is the editor of the interview-based monologue play with their eyes: September 11th—the view from a high school at ground zero (HarperCollins, 2002).
Emily and Annie have been teaching English together and sharing ideas and lesson plans since 2001.