Teaching & Traveling with Yowling Creators

Teaching & Traveling with Yowling Creators

As I gear up to teach a new semester of three groups of yowling creators, I think about who my students will be. Like many instructors, whether university professors or elementary school teachers, I usually focus on what my students will learn. However, at the moment I find myself wondering what I will learn. I always absorb something–how to be a better teacher, new ways to communicate concepts. What I most marvel at is how being in the classroom makes me a stronger yowling creator.

I’ve discovered that my yowling creator’s writing journey is more fun when I don’t travel it alone.

Yowling Creators Travel in Packs

In order for a new wolf cub to urinate, its mother has to massage its belly with her warm tongue.

— Michael Leach,Wolf: Habitats, Life Cycles, Food Chains, Threats

Being in the classroom helps me feel connected with others. Like a baby wolf, sometimes I need my creativity tickled in order to stream new ideas. My students and I share similar struggles as yowling creators. We may write for different reasons and focus on distinct projects, but we all feel frustrated or need encouragement in our personal process. Sharing our burdens seems to be the key to feeling better.

Yowling Creators Can Help Sniff Out Solutions

One of the benefits of traveling in packs is that fellow yowling creators sniff out things about our writing process or project that we don’t sense. There have been moments when I’ve arrived to my class stumped by a problem. In helping a student address a frustration or writing hurdle, I have found the answer. Often something a student says is the tiny miracle I need to move forward.

Wolves have about 200 million scent cells. Humans have only about 5 million.  Wolves can smell other animals more than one mile (1.6 kilometers) away.

— James and Judy Brandenburg, Face to Face with Wolves

Do I feel silly for not seeing it myself? No, because I remember that this is part of the creation process. We can’t hold everything in our head all the time and simultaneously focus on one tiny detail. The brain simply wasn’t created this way. Writers need their pack.

 Yowling Creators Got Your Back

 Wolves do not make good guard dogs because they are naturally afraid of the unfamiliar and will hide from visitors rather than bark at them.

— Mary E. Reid, Wolves and Other Wild Dogs

As writers, we tend to work alone. Even a collaborative project can require periods of solo creation. When we’re alone, it’s easier to succumb to the fear of failure, the fear of never finishing, the fear of whatever makes us hide or get up from our writing nook and procrastinate the inevitable. Writers in community help guard against this. As yowling creators, we motivate one another. We support fellow projects. Yowling creators can infuse us with courage to brave the unknown. As a writer, how do you brave the unknown?

Are You Part of a Yowling Creators Pack? Tell us about it. If not, come join us.



34 Responses to “Teaching & Traveling with Yowling Creators”

  1. Michelle Angelini says:

    No, not part of a Yowling Creators Pack, but I sure would like to be. I reached one goal of self-publishing a book this year, but have not written any poetry since. My creativity has been focused more in the area of photography.

    • Lisa Marie says:

      Good for you, Michelle! My creativity takes different forms as well. Ecclesiastes says that there is a season for everything. It seems to be the season of photography for you. Send us a photo. I would love to post it, with your permission. Cheers!

  2. Maritza Sesma says:

    I guess that I am part of Yowling pack. I do like the idea of having a fresh pair of eyes looking over my work. The process of writing a paper can be complicated when trying to get all the ideas out on paper. Thankfully people are willing to read my work to help me get my point fully across.

  3. Abby Ludlow says:

    I suppose I am in a yowling creators pack being in this English Writing class. I have learned how to feed off of other people’s ideas in the classroom. I have grown to like the feedback that I receive from peer reviews. This has made me come out of my shell and not be afraid to show people my writing.

  4. Julie Ovenell says:

    I definitely find that writing and working with other people is very helpful in getting the best results I can get. While talking with people about the topic, new ideas start flying through my head and it is very helpful for sitting down and putting words onto paper. Also reading other people’s work is very helpful as well. In reading someone else’s paper, it’s fun to be able to see and learn different styles of writing. We can pick up on different techniques to make our own work better. I really enjoyed this article. It was a good reminder that other people can be very helpful in improving my writing along with me helping theres.

  5. Alexa Hobelman says:

    I would say that I am apart of a yowling creators pack, because I am apart of a writing class where everyone else is struggling through becoming a better writer. It is so important to have people that will support you and your work. It is also important to have people who will proof read your work. I really like this article, because I feel it is so important to have people supporting you. Getting an outside perspective can many times be beneficial to a creators thoughts and ideas.

  6. Eric Garcia says:

    I agree that by having an accountable group or “pack” of people helps to push the writing process a lot faster.

  7. Camille Manning says:

    The idea of working in a group or as you say “in a pack” sounds like it could be a very effective way to increase productivity in a students writing habits.

  8. Christian Caraveo says:

    As the year comes to an end i realize that this is the first time that i can look back and see that not only i have learned but that my professor/teacher has learned as well. i have seen you answer hard questions whether it be on the spot or with deep contemplation. it is also very satisfying to see that a professor is not walking into every class only to teach but instead to also learn. I can also say that i have a wolf pack but that no matter what mistakes are inevitable and even with help, struggles are guaranteed.

  9. Natalie Reagan says:

    I think its interesting and I feel like I am part of the pack now. I have learned a lot in the yowling creator like how to bounce ideas off of people because it helps me a lot and opens my mind up.

  10. Miguel Gutierrez says:

    I enjoy working in a group. This idea of working in a group or just with other people around you is a very effective and unique way to express your thoughts on paper. Having the support from others is a gift that has no price.

  11. Yesica Caciano says:

    I have learned that working and getting feed back helps you become a better writer, and writing will become a less painful process. I have experience feedback to be helpful to beginning a paper. Its nice to talk to someone else about your ideas. You might be midway through a draft and find that you are unsure about the direction you’ve decided to take. This helps us understand what and we dont see that others do. Yowling creators has been helpful to improve my writing

  12. German Tapia says:

    “We are writers.” Like it or not we have arrived at that stage in our lives that we have to believe that we are writers. At this stage in our academics saying that you are a writer is not enough. You have to prove it. It is hard but not impossible. Faced with new obstacles can sometimes hinder us from writing but understanding what we lack is the key to our success.

  13. Lupita says:

    It’s very true about this article. I work in a place where we coordinate christian events, and I realize that is more effective to work in groups than alone. I am so happy to be a part of yowling because I have been learning new strategies.
    I love the similitude of the wolves as writers.

  14. As part the class, I am part of a Yowling pack and sometimes i find it helpful. However, when I am creating a witten work I rely on the inspiration given to me by God.

  15. Maria Elena Lopez says:

    Creative Writing 201
    I have learned so much especially being in the class, personally I do agree that working with others does help a lot on writing and being able to share more ideas and thoughts does help a lot when it comes to writing a paper.

  16. Celia Brewer says:

    I love the idea of creating novel ideas while I’m alone in my room, however, I’m realizing and learning that with the use of the Yowling Creator, I’m able to expand these ideas significantly in ways I did not previously imagine. I enjoy being able to share personal ideas and thoughts with my classmates and am receptive to the input that I receive from them as well.

  17. Yesica Caciano says:

    I have learned so much with all the feedback we do in group editing.The fear of people reading my creation has been lost and have learned to enjoy reading, creating and receiving the feedback others give me

  18. Carmen Gutierrez says:

    I am part of that group and I am happy and enjoy it. Yowling Creator’s Way helped me to be more sure to express my writing thoughts, feelings and emotions.
    Dear instructor, thank you for your teachings Now I am pushing myself to learn more.

  19. Celia Brewer says:

    Starting this semester I have already begun to learn so much about writing and being a Yowling creator as helped me so much, with class discussion. Advice and comments on how to write my essay, and paragraphs much better. I have also gotten much better with my grammar, and with my spelling. I enjoy being a yowling creator and being part of of the pack, do wish to learn and to grow even more.

  20. Juan Recinos says:

    as being a part of yowling creator is a good experience besides it has improve my writing method and enjoy the taste of the meaning of my sermons ,
    also I thanks yowling creator for giving me a better way to create and to connect with audience, and to be more secure .

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