Author Archives: Susan Martens

Junior Ranger Pledge for the New Orleans Writing Marathon

How can this city keep giving me such rich gifts? My gratitude overflows to the the spirits of place that dwell here and envelop me in their wisdom. This year, I gained fresh insights from the St. Charles streetcar, the … Continue reading

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Pronto Cafe, Claudia’s Kitchen, and Cajun Carb Coma: Marathon launch of the 2017 Prairie Lands Writing Project Summer Institute

As is our custom in the Prairie Lands Writing Project, we used a marathon to formally launch our Invitational Summer Institute in June of 2017. It works like a charm to foreground writing, help our writing groups bond, and adhere … Continue reading

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Foodie Writing Marathon

Hooray for our first Foodie Marathon! This Open Writing Marathon for the Prairie Lands Writing Project on April 4, 2017, featured short talks by Teacher Consultants with connections to the culinary world.  Jody talked to us about Family and Consumer … Continue reading

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My Canine  Sister of Perpetual Adoration: Prairie Lands Writing Project Writing Retreat Marathon, June 2017

I told the teachers at the Writing Marathon launch at our 2017 PLWP Writing Retreat that I would be writing about my dog today—my storied “PTSD Dog,” Fae, a rescue– but I that I felt weird about that.  As a … Continue reading

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A Dream Come True: Writing Marathon Graduate Class at MWSU

I still cannot believe that I have been fortunate enough in my position at Missouri Western State University to teach a whole graduate class on writing marathons.  This past year’s class brought together an inspiring group of teacher-writers who loved, … Continue reading

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Love, Longing, and Tiny, Curled Dimensions: The 2016 New Orleans Writing Marathon Retreat

  The 2016 New Orleans Writing Marathon Retreat: “Teacher as Writer, Writer as Teacher,” hosted by the Southeastern Louisiana Writing Project, marked my seventh trip to New Orleans. It was the best one so far, since this time I finally … Continue reading

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Foodie Writing Marathon Coming Up April 8 in St. Joseph, MO!

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