I think this is the problem, or a problem:
> Do we have to be cued to inkshed? At one of the tables I was
> at, some of us just wrote in response to sessions anyway, even
> if not cued. Don't know what happened to them after they were
> read at the table . . .
There needs to be a structure around them -- it's not just
writing, but agreeing on some more or less formal way in which
they get read and used. Otherwise it's freewriting -- which is
fine, but there's no need to structure an occasion in which
people all do it.
One danger, I think, is that inkshedding becomes a sort of
ritual that we all do because we've always done it, and because
that's the name of the conference . . . but that it stops
serving the main purpose of the conference, which is (I'd argue)
to explore ways in which we can make this gathering of people
whose common interests include literacy and learning a more
effective and rich occasion for exchanging ideas and values.
St. Thomas University
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