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Want to take your writing curriculum to the next level?
In my sixteen years of experience, I have found nothing that gets students excited about improving their skills like a writing workshop.
But if you haven’t ever conducted a successful workshop, it can be such a daunting task. Letting go of the reigns and giving students choice and flexibility to work at their own pace sounds great—but it is also slightly terrifying. What if students aren’t inspired to write? What if they get too rowdy and aren’t working enough? What if they blow off the peer conferences? How do you keep from being inundated with paperwork and grading? What if you end up overwhelmed, wasting everyone’s time, and teaching your students to hate writing even more than they already do?
I’ve gone through it all, and through my many failures and successes, I have figured out multiple practical and simple tools for making writing workshop go smoothly and for helping my students improve their skills. This rigorous, practical guide has been honed over my years of trial and error, and it gives you all you need to bring your students’ writing to the next level.
When you conduct a writing workshop using these resources you will:
The guides and handouts included in this resource will work for nonfiction personal essays, fictional short stories, and even poetry writing. Of course, the best kind of writing doesn’t easily fit into a box, so getting your students to experiment with autobiographical fiction or true personal stories written in verse is lots of fun.
Students need examples of good writing, so making sure that they have read, analyzed, and discussed mentor texts in whatever genre they’ll be working is key.
Writing workshop can be an exhausting process, but it is so worth the time and effort. When you give your classes the space, time, and scaffolding they need to get creative and the freedom to voice their passions, you will be so pleased with the results.