Feb 22 PD
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The Presentation This Prezi moves through a series of ideas from the book, beginning with the cover, and then through three sections that (roughly) cover the ideas of being digital, crafting digital writing, and teaching in a digital writing workshop, followed by a photo from the classroom of my friend and colleague, Aram Kabodian . Depending on how much time I have, how many questions I want to entertain while talking, and the overall goals I have for the audience I am presenting to, I flex my speed and delivery of the presentation. On the first "section" (for lack of better term), I show the book cover. I can tell some anecdote about the writing of the book, and I always focus on how the principles of the writing workshop—choice and inquiry, conferring and response, author's craft, publication, and assessment—are the primary components of the cover, not the fingers typing on the keyboard.
“Where I'm From” grew out of my response to a poem from Stories I Ain't Told Nobody Yet (Orchard Books, 1989; Theater Communications Group, 1991) by my friend, Tennessee writer Jo Carson. All of the People Pieces, as Jo calls them, are based on things folks actually said, and number 22 begins, “I want to know when you get to be from a place. ” Jo's speaker, one of those people “that doesn't have roots like trees, ” tells us “I am from Interstate 40” and “I am from the work my father did. ” In the summer of 1993, I decided to see what would happen if I made my own where-I'm-from lists, which I did, in a black and white speckled composition book. I edited them into a poem — not my usual way of working — but even when that was done I kept on making the lists.