Reaching Out to Our Readers, Writing Community, and Friends

The Two Writing Teachers Team believes in the power of sharing our stories. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed daily life around the globe. Since the beginning of the 13th Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge, we’ve gone from one international participant’s school being closed to districts around the United States closing by the hour. Nearly every person who reads this post lives in a community that is being impacted by the novel coronavirus.

With social distancing and many in quarantine, sharing our stories here is more important than ever for connection. Whether you are taking part in the Slice of Life Story Challenge or you’re a regular reader of the topical posts on our blog, please know we as a community are here to support each other during this unprecedented time.

Educators provide stability to children daily. With many schools turning to remote instruction in the face of school closures, we thank you for the important work you will do to support your students from a distance. Some of us have taught online courses and understand it’s a medium one cannot master with a marathon day of professional development. Therefore, we hope you will extend kindness to yourself as you navigate this new way of teaching. We hope you will engage in at least one act of self-care daily. The asynchronous nature of online learning lends itself to feeling as though you’re always on-call. Set boundaries and stick to them so you can take care of yourself and your loved ones. 

We know the novel coronavirus doesn’t care where one lives, what country they’re from, what religion one practices, or what the color of their skin is. If you or your loved ones have experienced bias or stigma related to the pandemic we stand with you. Unfortunately, misinformation about COVID-19 creates fear that hurts people and makes it that much harder to keep everyone healthy. We’re stronger as a community when we share our stories and stand together against misinformation and fear-mongering. 

We are a global community of writers. As a co-author team, we look forward to reading your stories — and sharing ours — as a way of navigating this difficult time.

Yours in story,

Stacey, Beth, Betsy, Kathleen, Melanie, Lanny, Kelsey, Marina, Amy, and Therapi