• Jennifer Laffin

The Writing Round-Up {3.03.18}


Welcome to the March 3, 2018 edition of The Writing Round-Up, a gathering of tips for teaching writing and for growing as a writer yourself. Thank you for stopping by!

For Teachers of Writers

Conference Time!:

If you are in the midwest and looking for some summer learning opportunities, consider taking a trip to Madison, WI on August 3-5 for the National Writing Project Midwest Conference. Andy Schoenborn, Paula Bourque, and I will be presenting on The Power of Writing for an Authentic Audience. More info on the conference, including details on a discounted rate, can be found here.

Give Them Choices:

Students love to have input into what they are writing about and how they write it. If you would like to add more choice to your writing classroom, Ralph Fletcher has some tips for you in this video from the Heinemann blog.

Apostrophe Antics:

Ahhh...the pesky apostrophe. Is it 1900's or 1900s? Its or It's? This flowchart from Grammar Check will make it clear for you and your students.

Fixing Common Writing Mistakes:

While we're on the topic of apostrophes, we thought we'd share another great resource, "11 Common Writing Mistakes (& Fixes). Everything from word choice to proper punctuation is covered in this quick review.

For Teachers Who Write

Write From the Heart:

When you think you've got nothing to write about, it helps to turn inward. Tim Denning shares some ideas for writing from the heart in this post from Medium. You'll never run out of writing ideas again.

Do You Write Short Stories?:

If you are a short story writer and would like to look into publishing your work, you will enjoy "How to Publish a Short Story" by Sarah Gribble. I love her advice: "Sit down and write. Write quickly. Write badly. Just write."

Chat Time!:

Please join us on Monday, March 5 at 7:30 pm ET for our monthly #TeachWrite Chat on Twitter. This month we are talking about The Community of Writing. Can't join us? Schedule your tweets ahead of time using TweetDeck. Want a reminder of our chats? Sign up here. See you Monday night!

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