For Parents and Teachers: How to Encourage Your Reluctant Writer

By |2020-09-26T12:34:26-04:00January 28th, 2020|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

When I’m talking about writing during a school visit, I ask the teachers to close their eyes so I can take a quick poll of the assembled students: How many of you love to write? [...]

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Got Feedback? Here’s How to Use It

By |2020-09-26T12:34:36-04:00January 7th, 2020|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

It sounds so easy, doesn’t it? You get notes on your story or poem, read them over, and then revise based on the suggestions you’ve received. Just like that, you’ve got a bright and shiny [...]

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Surviving the Writing Workshop

By |2020-09-26T12:34:46-04:00October 28th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

It’s writing workshop day! Maybe you’re a sixth grader who’s never been through the process of getting feedback live and in person--and from six people all at once! Or maybe you’re thirty-two, sitting at shaky [...]

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Editors in the Classroom Workshop

By |2020-09-26T12:35:11-04:00October 6th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

One of the most important things an editor does is help the writer see what she’s actually written—as opposed to what she thinks she’s written. The editor points out to the writer what’s confusing about [...]

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