Like the title of my newest book, Twin Blessings, I felt doubly blessed at a university where I was invited to perform two roles: one, facilitator in a writing workshop in the morning; and two, speaker in an awarding ceremony in the afternoon.
“Your audience would be professors,” Cynthia, the lady who invited me, said.
The university is huge, with about 700 in the teaching staff, but 70 are into academic writing and would want to dip a finger into creative writing.
Used to handling a maximum of 20 people in a workshop, I dreaded the number 70. It was far too big to manage.
But to my shock and surprise, the session proved more fluid than I imagined—with everyone participating. There was not enough time for me to comment on every single work, but hey, these are professors, they could do that adeptly on their own, based on the principles discussed with them.
Earlier, when I stepped into the HR portals, with the Head and her staff welcoming me so warmly, I knew I'd have a day like no other. Ergo, I did not have fun; I had a ball! And, I hope, so did they.
For the above, I was rewarded with a huge bouquet of fresh flowers, a plaque of appreciation, new friends, and tons of photos documenting the event.
The afternoon was more formal, but no less vibrant than the morning. Twenty-five professors were feted for having had a trade or textbook published in the past year. My talk was on writing (what else?), particularly about my author story.
In her remarks, the University VP for Academics emphasized the need for professors to leave a legacy through and hone their craft in writing.
Since everyone in the audience is a writer, I felt at home speaking to kindred spirits, who share my passion for the printed word.
For this, I was rewarded one more time with a huge bouquet of fresh flowers, another plaque, more new friends, and more photos.
The first photo below sums up the twin volumes of grace they heaped on my lap, and which I will treasure for life. The rest of the photos, which will be kept for posterity, show only a hint of what went on through my nonpareil day with professors-turned-friends.