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The Writing Round-Up {3.28.20}

Welcome to the March 28, 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...

Writing in Troubling Times:

Writing can be a refuge for all of us in these crazy days. Check out "Creating in the Time of Quarantine" from Writer Unboxed for ways to use writing to lift your spirits.

Peer Conferences:

If you struggle to confer with all of your students yet want to keep the writing momentum going, then check out this advice on MiddleWeb by Lynne Dorfman on using peer conferences in the classroom.

Writers Speak to Kids:

In this NBC Learn series, authors such as Rebecca Stead, Jacquelin Woodson, Jeff Kinney, and Gordon Korman, speak to children (and adult writers) about the craft and techniques of creative writing.

Writer’s Block:

If you have ever experienced writer’s block (and what writer truly hasn’t?) then check out these tips for “Breaking Through Writer’s Block” at the Institute for Writers.

Coloring with Words:

Remember as a kid loving all the colors in that new box of 64 Crayola Crayons? This blog post from Writers in the Storm shows how writers get to “choose which crayons you pull from the big box, or in our case, which words” when writing short stories.

Writing Identities:

Are you a teacher leader who believes in the importance of teachers being writers themselves? Megan Kortlandt shares a PD activity on the Moving Writers blog to help build teachers’ own efficacy and identity as a writer.

Lessons from Living and Writing:

In this TED Talk, Anne Lamott shares 12 truths she has learned from living and from writing.

Time to Write:

Registration is now open for the April Time to Write Online Writing Workshop. Come write with other teacher-writers and still maintain proper social distancing. More info can be found here. Join us!

Time to Chat:

Please join us on Monday, April 6 at 7:00 PM ET for our next Twitter Chat, "Writing Together in the Time of COVID." We will explore the power of community during these crazy days. If you'd like a text reminder of all of our chats, you can sign up 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!