Monday, March 23, 2020

COVID-19 Protocol from Italy: Stay home & follow this protocol

Hi, friends. I hope you are all doing as well as possible in this period.

We are healthy and the three of us are home. My partner and I are working remotely and the first grader is homeschooling. We are settling into a new rhythm while anxiously watching the news and trying to stay healthy. Nightly dance parties with the first grader help to naturally keep our spirits up.

Am I writing? Editing? Submitting? Not right now. Maybe some of you can and are, but I can't find the space to do that. Yet. I'm hopeful that one day soon I'll have some time, space and quiet, and emotional calm to return to my writing. For now, I'm trying to be kind to myself and listen to what I need. It is ok to pause. If you are able to write, of course it is ok to continue to move forward with your project. Do what you can when you can.

I encourage you to do whatever you need to do to keep yourselves healthy, safe and able to work, if you have a job that allows you to work remotely. If you are an "essential" person working outside the home, my family and I deeply thank you for all that you do.

A friend translated the protocols below from Italian. You might find these helpful to review and share.  While there are many unknowns concerning the virus, I find these practical steps quite reassuring.

Meanwhile, my best wishes to you. Please stay home to keep yourselves and others as safe as possible.

I'm not sure if I'll be able to continue posting in this period, but I will return when I can.

If you are a current private client, I am happy to continue working with you. I will consider taking new clients in a month or so, depending on how things are going.

Don't hesitate to email with questions at any time: (chloemiller(at)gmail(dot)com

best, Chloe


Friday, March 13, 2020

Writing Challenge: #SocialWriting2020

I picked up a notebook for our six-year-old at the incredibly crowded supermarket today.
What kind of journal or paper will you use?

As many of us practice social distancing, let's also practice social writing and collectively keep journals. The goal is to keep a journal that documents these days of social distancing. Then, if you like, share pages from your journal online (#SocialWriting2020). In the end, we will be together while documenting history.

There are no rules, but if you could follow these guidelines, if you like:

Write every day.

Date your pages.

Write as clearly as possible or type your words.

Or don't write; draw, paint, collage or otherwise create something that represents your day. Tomorrow is Pi day and maybe you can think of an equation that represents your day.

Start with what you are doing that day. Be as specific as possible about what actions you took, what you wore, what you ate, etc.

Write about your thoughts, questions, observations and feelings.

Post images of your work on Twitter with the hashtag: #SocialWriting2020

Of course, adults and kids of all ages are welcome to participate.

If you'd like to share some of your pages here, please email me images or text from your journal: chloemiller(at)gmail(dot)com.

I'm wishing everyone health, food, safety and the space to continue to live our lives. Please follow the CDC guidelines. For kids, you might share this comic.

To writing and continuing on, despite social distancing. To #SocialWriting2020!

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Online Teaching Resources

Many schools are turning to online courses right now. I've been teaching college-level writing classes online since 2008. If you have questions that you think I can help with, don't hesitate to reach out.

First, remember that you can always work with your department and school's tech support for help with translating your in-person class into an online class.

Some students might not have access to the internet at home, so consider asynchronous classes to give everyone the best opportunity to succeed. The students might have as many questions as you do, so be sure to offer them resources, too.

Here are some outside resources that might help:

Chronicle of Higher Education's How to Be a Better Online Teacher by Flower Darby

Chronicle of Higher Education's Going Online in a Hurry: What to Do and Where to Start
By Michelle D. Miller

Webinar Teaching with Zoom

If you've never taken or taught an online class, you might benefit from seeing or experiencing one. Ask your colleagues if you can be added as a guest to their classes in order to look around the course and see how it is built. You can also sign up for a free online class just to get a general sense of how an online course could be set up. There are free online courses offered by edX and Coursera

Wednesday, March 4, 2020


The annual AWP conference (Association of Writers and Writing Programs) is happening in Texas, but many writers and presses have canceled due to the coronavirus. The book fair, including the many conference discounts, is partially taking place online. 

Follow along on Twitter with this hashtag: #AWPvirtualbookfair or scroll through this Google document. The document links directly to the presses.

If you are a reader, this is a great way to discover new voices and follow your favorite authors. If you are also a writer submitting your words to  journals, buy a subscription or a few back issues to learn more about a journal before submitting.

I encourage you to purchase books and subscriptions to favorite and new-to-you journals. This conference is an important way for these presses to stay afloat financially and for you to read their curated words. Support them today with your purchases.