Living and Teaching the Writing Workshop by Kristen Painter
Living and Teaching the Writing Workshop
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Living and Teaching the Writing Workshop

By Kristen Painter
Foreword by Carl Anderson

Kristen Painter is your mentor and guide as you build your writing identity, helping you develop the writing teacher in you by uncovering the writer in you. She shares proven ideas, examples of her own work, minilessons, and "try its" for those who are unsure how to get started.

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    Kristen has something to teach all of us—inexperienced and experienced writers alike—about how to create a writing life or enrich our writing lives in powerful ways. And her book can help all of us become better writing teachers.
    —Carl Anderson, author of Assessing Writers
    Reading Living and Teaching the Writing Workshop felt like I had this funny, passionate, insightful teacher sitting next to me and coaching me through all this. The wonderfully conversational tone is perfect for that teacher who really wants to do "this writing stuff" herself but is a little nervous about it all.
    —Katie Wood Ray, author of About the Authors
In Living and Teaching the Writing Workshop, Kristen Painter helps you develop the writing teacher in you by uncovering the writer in you. After all, the more you know about writing, the better able you are to show students how it works, what it's like, and the amazing sense of possibility it can bring you.

Painter is your mentor and guide as you build your writing identity. She shares proven ideas, examples of her own work, and "try its" for those who are unsure how to get started. In addition, she offers numerous suggestions for creating a writing group in which you can practice the craft of writing among professional colleagues or out-of-school friends. As you hone drafts in the safety of your own adult writing workshop, you'll experience epiphanies that shed light on the big ideas that support writing instruction, and the little, tiny details that make the planning and conducting of a workshop go smoothly.

Inspirational and reflective, yet roll-up-your-sleeves workable, Living and Teaching the Writing Workshop also contains minilessons that directly apply what you learn in your own writing to your students' learning by modeling the writing process for them. Slim, practical, and complete with writing invitations for you and your students, Living and Teaching the Writing Workshop will help you link theory and practice, find commonalities between your professional and personal selves, and connect you to both your students and your curriculum.

Contents

Introduction: The Reason to Write
Section I: Writing for Yourself
1. The Big Picture
2. Building a Writing Identity
3. Mining for Ideas
4. Unearthing the One Idea
5. Digging Deeper
6. Drafting
7. Revising
8. Editing
9. Publishing
10. Reflection
11. Thoughts on Living the Life of a Writer
Section II: Writing Groups
12. Starting a Writing Group
13. Uncovering the Writers in the Group
14. Support
15. Declaring Ideas
16. Group Writing Practice
17. Envisioning Ideas
18. Giving and Receiving Feedback
19. Sharing
20. Final Thoughts on Writing Groups
Section III: Teaching Writing
21. Strategic Teaching Through Minilessons
22. Launching Notebooks
23. Mining for Ideas
24. Unearthing the One Idea
25. Digging Deeper
26. Drafting
27. Revising
28. Editing
29. Publishing
30. Reflection
Appendix A: Merging the Book's Three Sections
Appendix B: My Completed Writing Project on the Family Reunion

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