• Jennifer Laffin

The Writing Round-Up {4.18.20}

Welcome to the April 18, 2020 edition of the Teach Write Writing Round-Up. Thank you for stopping by!


Every week, I gather tips for teaching writing and for growing as a teacher who writes and put them right here in the Writing Round-Up.

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Now, onto this week's tips...



Imposter Syndrome:

Do you have trouble calling yourself a 'writer'? Does the idea of sharing your writing with others scare you? Moving Writers' blogger Megan Kortlandt has some great tips for ways you can push past your fears and get your writing out there in, "No Small Thing".



Freewriting Magic:

Is it better to think before writing or just allow the words to spill onto the page in a freewrite? Writing coach Ann Kroeker, tells how using freewriting inspired by Natalie Goldberg's Writing Down the Bones helped her turn off her self-editor and transform her writing.



Writing Flow:

Has the Coronavirus interrupted the flow of your writing? Do you find your mind wandering while writing? In “Writing: How We Can Achieve a State of Flow” Matt Renwick shares how we can build flow in the writing process through intentional habits.



Argumentative Writing Unit:

The New York Times recently produced a short argumentative writing unit for students to use while learning at home. If your students have had experience writing arguments and are strong self-learners, then check out this unit made especially for remote learning.



Quoting Correctly:

For a quick refresher on using quotations, citing your sources, and avoiding plagiarism in your writing, check out this one-page reference on the Grammarly blog.



A Letter to Your Post-Homebound Self:

We can all use a little more hope these days. Gretchen Rubin suggests writing a letter to our future self, specifically to our “post-homebound self” to help us cope with COVID-19. She states that writing this letter now is a “reminder that this terrible time will end, and we will emerge into the world to resume our lives.”



Look Great & Feed the Hungry:

There are a few days left to grab your writerly t-shirt and help feed the hungry. When you purchase our latest fundraiser t-shirt for $22, proceeds from your sale will go to Feeding America. So far, we've raised over $1,000. Can you help us make it to $2,000? Get your shirt or make a donation here.


Time to Write:

Registration for the May session of the Time to Write online writing workshop is NOW OPEN! Join other teacher-writers for some dedicated writing time each week. Workshops meet on Tuesday or Wednesday evenings or on Thursday mornings (NEW!!). You can find out more and register here.


That's all for this week's edition of the Teach Write Writing Round-Up. I will see you again next week with more tips!


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