submitted by Kelley Inden (@ksinden)
I figured I would share how I go about participating in a book club chat on Twitter. My guess is that there is a better way, perhaps even ‘an app for that’, but here is how I do it. Please feel free to pass along your own wisdom in the comments section.
Obviously, I first read the book and take note of where my attention is snagged. Sometimes I use post-it notes to hold my thinking, or I write in the book if it belongs to me. With this one, I bought the book on my e-reader, so I just used the bookmark and notes function.
Next, I open my Twitter account and open up a new tweet. I compose each tweet in that box to ensure the character count is accurate, and then cut and paste the tweet into a Pages or Word document.
When the Twitter chat commences, I select and tweet as seems appropriate.
I find that during the chat I don’t have the time to compose more than responses to other people’s ideas. If I have something I want to be sure to share, having the tweets ready to go is the only way for me.
Hope to chat with you on Sunday!
This Sunday brings our first book club twitter chat about a work of fiction. Chatting about Medicine Walk will be a different experience from our previous chats about professional texts. As you finish the novel and prepare your thoughts for sharing, consider these prompts and provocations:
- How might stories have the power to heal, in both their telling and hearing?
- What is the relationship between land and place, and memory?
- Do the stories about our past need to come from our blood-relations?
- For whom is the “medicine walk,” really? Are there more multiple walks being taken?
- What other texts would you group with Medicine Walk?
- …and other thoughts or questions you have are most welcome
We are looking forward to meeting you online, or in person for those who will get together in preparation for the twitter chat.
In-person gathering: 9:30-11am, March 8th, Pleasant Beans coffee house, 39 Kingsway, Vancouver (attached to the Mount Pleasant Community Centre). Or there might be one in your community: ask around!
Twitter chat: 11am-12noon, March 8th, online, hashtag #bctelabook.
Medicine Walk’s richness in themes and ideas may need more room for discussion than twitter can offer. In honour of Wagamese’s work, as well as our varied learning styles, BCTELA executive members Celia Brogan and Pamela Richardson will host a get-together for a BCTELA book club discussion prior to the twitter chat on March 8th.
All are welcome to come!
The get-together will be at a coffee shop called Pleasant Beans, at the corner of Kingsway and E 8th ave, in the Mount Pleasant community Centre in Vancouver from 9:30 to 11am. Folks are welcome to stay together for the twitter chat from 11am-noon.
Are you thinking of hosting your own get-together at a coffee shop or library in your town? Please let us know!
BCTELA is happy to share this exciting event with you:
The Surrey English Teachers’ Association presents
Stepping Outside Ourselves: the Persona Spoken Word Poem Performance & Workshop
with Lucia Misch & Johnny MacRae
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2015
NEWTON CULTURAL CENTRE
13530 72nd AVENUE
9:30 AM TO 1:00 PM
“Stepping Outside Ourselves” is a spoken word poetry workshop focused on writing in one of the most popular spoken word forms, persona poems. Facilitators Lucia Misch and Johnny MacRae will guide participants through exercises that emphasize both performance and writing. Beginning with a general overview of spoken word and a performance of their own work in the persona genre, Lucia and Johnny will focus on a variety of areas related to persona poetry and poetry more generally, including principles such as active language and writing for the senses, poetic devices such as personification and metaphorical conceit, or skills such as character performance.
For further information, here is the Persona Poetry Event poster.
To reserve a space in this workshop email email@example.com
Send cheque (payable to Surrey English Teachers) for $25 to Dave Ellison @ City Central Learning Centre (courier #574)