Today was the first day of our Studio summer sessions, and it was wonderful in about a thousand different ways. The veteran fellows of our community are incredibly talented teachers and kids, and nearly all of them have returned this year. They’ve found company in a large cohort of new fellows as well, and it’s been inspiring to watch new friendships quickly form while we begin easing into our work and conversation.

Our home at Daemen College has to be the best place on earth for the work that we do and the way that we do it. The campus is safe, small and serene, and there are wonderful places to write and connect indoors and out. With any luck, it won’t rain tomorrow, and we’ll be visiting the “secret garden” that a few of our kids discovered last summer. Right now, I’m just basking in the glow of a very warm homecoming. I love this work and the people that I get to do it with. There is nothing like it, and I’m feeling profoundly grateful tonight.

If you get a chance, please go say hello to a small group of our kids and share your thoughts about courageous writing. They are eager to learn from you!


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