I have so much to be thankful for, but today I’d like to thank Lori, one of my critique partners, for sparking an idea that has turned into a job. (You’ve seen the stack of books on my nightstand. I need another job to support my habit!)

When she mentioned last spring that her boys were part of a Writing Club that creates the school newspaper, I got really excited. You see, as much as I enjoy writing, my graphic design work is what helps pay the bills. But a school newspaper combines so many of the things that I love: writing, design and working with kids.

I put together a proposal for the school where my kids attend and I substitute teach. The principal thought it was a great idea and starting next month, I’ll be leading a Writing Club for 3rd through 6th grade. I’ve been making my lesson plans, figuring out what topics we need to cover and looking for fun ways to get kids excited about writing. Best of all, they’re actually paying me to do this! Woo-hoo!!

That’s what I’m thankful for today. What about you? Got any good news to share?

24 thoughts on “Thankful

  1. Thankful for the weekend and husband time. We don't get to spend much time together during the week.

    Brilliant job offer. Nothing like a job that inspires and you love. (Hugs)Indigo

  2. That's the best. Getting paid for something you love. I'm glad you're having fun with it. I've had a great idea for one of the characters in my book. So at least there's that.

  3. Congrats on the awesome job! I loved doing newspaper in high school. You're all going to have so much fun. 😀

    I'm thankful it's the weekend again! I'll be doubly thankful if it doesn't rain on my way home from work today. Fingers crossed!

  4. hi miss sherri! hooray for you! that sound like soooo much fun. i could sure want to be in that class. i know your just gonna love it and get those kids writing good stuff. for me im just thankful im still alive and im thankful for all the birthday love i got from my cool blogger friends. i hope you have a really fun weekend.
    …hugs from lenny

  5. Yay for you! I actually thought about doing something similar at my kids' schools, but am trying to figure out the time issues. Please keep us posted, so I can be inspired! 🙂 Good luck to you.

  6. That sounds like a terrific job. Congratulations. I'm thankful that I can always discover new and wonderful writers. I finally caught up with Elizabeth Strout's Olive Kitteridge, and am loving it. Thanks for posting such a great question. I'm thankful your blog exists.

  7. Talk about synergy from the other side of the world. Just started following your wonderful blog, and then discover we've arrived at the same conclusion; hook them young!

    I used to be in media, now mum to two boys 5 and 7, run a bookshop in a little community, and do some freelance online work. Just read your post above – two weeks ago, I started running an online magazine club at the local primary school – unpaid though 😉

    We're doing a mix of media and the kids are really enthusiastic. Will keep you posted. Bernadine

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