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The Writing Round-Up {4.28.18}

Welcome to the April 28, 2018 edition of The Writing Round-Up, a gathering of tips for teaching writing and for growing as a teacher-writer yourself. Thanks for stopping by. Let's get started!

For Teachers of Writers

Notebook Power:

The writer's notebook is an essential tool for writing. How can writers use their notebook to hold the treasures of life that may some day become stories? "Yes, to Notebook Keeping" from Amy Ludwig Vanderwater will explain.

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Start the Day Writing:

What does your morning work look like? Kathleen Sokolowski shares an idea of how you can start your day with writing and the many benefits this simple move can make in her post, "Write at the Start: No More Morning Worksheets" from Two Writing Teachers.

Storytelling Through Podcasts:

If your students are looking for a new way to practice their storytelling skills (and the writing skills to create those stories), check out "Project Audio: Teaching Students How to Produce Their Own Podcasts" from the NY Times.


For Teachers Who Write

Stop Putting Fear First:

If fear is something that stops you from writing or from sharing your writing, you are not alone. ALL writers struggle with fear. Here are "3 Tips to Overcome Your Fear of Writing" from Jeff Elkins to help you name your fear and push past it.

Take a Peek:

I love looking at other writer's notebooks. I find them so inspirational! If you do too, you'll love looking at the notebooks from artist Jose Nanaja. Don't miss the link to his instructions for making your own handmade notebook! (Important note: My notebook looks nothing like his. :)

Essay Opportunities:

If you write personal essays and are interested in submitting to a professional publication, check out "19 Websites and Magazines That Want to Publish Your Personal Essay" from Write Life.

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