Category Archives: Expertise

How do we help writers connect with the audiences that are just right for them?

Toward the end of last night’s #teachwriting Twitter chat, I had the opportunity to catch up with Andrea Hernandez, whose thinking and work I’ve long admired. We were talking about connecting writers with authentic audiences–a hot topic among most writing teachers I know.  I love what she says about this here: “Students used to turn in […]

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 […]

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 […]