Last Lecture: Find Your Tribe


You’ve all come so far since that first night of class. Remember? Remember where you were just a short time ago?

Think about what you accomplished.

You’ve put a lot of good mojo into the universe. I guarantee, that will come back to help you–if it hasn’t already.

Google yourself now. Look at your stats. Look at your FB feed. Look at your Twitter account.

Actually, I don’t care about the stats, and neither should you really. It’s not about the quantity. It’s about the quality of your life. It should feel different right now. You’ve expanded your circles outward and outward. That’s an important step in becoming a writer and literary citizen.


Here’s some advice about what to do next.

  • What community do you eventually want to be a part of? Who influences that community? Where do they hang out? How do you “join?”
  • Start commenting on the blogs of people and organizations you want to know.
  • Comment on articles in online magazines about subjects you care about. Make sure your comment will lead people back to your blog/website. Think about what they’ll find when they get there.
  • Also find groups or pages on FB that have to do with the things you care about.
  • Friend or follow someone you admire and, instead of trying to get THAT person’s attention, look around at the other fans standing around you.

Those are your people. That’s your tribe.

This is how you make a literary life for yourself, if that’s indeed what you want.

And I hope this class helped you figure that out.

Thanks for your patience as I figured out how to teach this class. It’s been a great semester.

2 Comments on “Last Lecture: Find Your Tribe”

  1. andreakbeltran says:

    Thank you!

  2. […] the grand tradition of “last lectures,” Cathy Day posted a note to her students on the Literary Citizenship blog at the end of her class this semester. It’s not really a […]

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