Category Archives: Seeking Understanding

Photo Walks Help Writers Make a Careful Study of Setting

Studio writers recently took a stroll through Kenmore in search of images that reminded them of the settings they were crafting for their own stories. They were pleasantly surprised by the quickly changing landscape of our little village and the variety of buildings and spaces it offered them. Conducting this kind of research brought their […]

Empty Hands

Who remembers this?   I do. I remember it as well as I remember that first walk down the “magic path”, the turkeys that blessed our writing session in the woods, and the way the light skipped across the top of each writer’s head as we bent down over our notebooks in that tiny little […]

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 […]

Become a Better Writing Coach by Practicing Active Listening

Over time, I’ve discovered that new Studio writers tend to gravitate toward those who listen. Listeners help uncertain writers feel safe. They take the time to consider their needs deeply before leaping into action. They plan how they intend to respond before speaking during peer review. Active listeners serve as some of the best models […]

Reflecting on What We’ve Learned and How Our Learning Can Serve Others

High school writer Tish Albro began drafting a novel about the Seven Deadly Sins at play inside a contemporary high school. Early in the process, she shared some uncertainties with me. Tish knew that she was taking a big risk, writing about something she knew so little about, but she was compelled by the characters […]