Category Archives: Expertise

Should we teach young writers to plan before drafting?

Nolan returned to Studio Saturday after a summer hiatus. When Betsy and I saw him last, he was bound and determined to self-publish a manual for Minecraft users this year, and I wasn’t surprised when his eyes lit up the moment I reminded him of this plan.  Notebook in hand, he flopped onto a beanbag […]

Writing Teachers: Join Us as We Work to Establish Habits of Documentation

A bit of context: The WNY Young Writer’s Studio teacher fellowship program provides opportunities for those who teach writing to engage in self-directed action research projects over the course of an entire school year. Those who invest themselves in this experience pursue questions that are essential to their work by positioning themselves as learners and […]

Fan Fiction: How Many Young Writers Become Adult Writers

Writers of all ages pull up stools at Studio, and over the years, I’ve discovered something interesting about how they seem to evolve: our youngest writers typically share stories about pets, pals, and the people they love while adult writers often weave complex tales which inspire people to ponder complex questions that rarely have clear answers. So, what happens on a writer’s […]

Four Habits that Inspire Interdependence and Cultivate a Community of Writers

  Earlier today, I had the opportunity to chat a bit with Aaron Quinn, the founder of reThink Tonawanda. I’m looking forward to connecting Studio writers to this organization in the near future and collaborating on a few writing projects that might help make a positive difference for Kenmore and the Town of Tonawanda. During our […]

Silver and Gold

Packing always brings back memories. This week, as I was packing books, I was reminded of an exchange I once had with a widely respected educator on Twitter. He asked me who my heroes were, and I mentioned Nancie Atwell. “But her work was published decades ago,” he chastised me. “Writing is very different now. So is […]