Category Archives: Expertise

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 […]

The Inquiring Writing Teacher

  Wellsville Middle and High School English teachers began inquiry work within collegial learning circles three years ago. What they accomplished for writers that year and what they’ve continued to accomplish as a result of their collegiality is nothing short of inspiring. These inquiry groups grew out of the staff’s desire to learn with and […]

Markets, Contests, and Online Communities for Young Writers

Since recent posts have focused on the importance of building and sharing our expertise, I thought it fitting to cap off the conversation by sharing our growing collection of favorite writing communities, markets, and contests. Studio writers will have the opportunity to learn more about sharing their expertise by submitting work for publication  when we […]

Writing Communities are Powered by Shared Expertise

The most valued members of our writing community are those who commit to building and sharing their expertise with intention. Our definition of shared expertise was influenced by our friends at Communities for Learning: Leading Lasting Change. It’s still a work progress, as is the rubric that follows. Over the years, we’ve relied on reflective […]