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Growing Writers from Readers: Empowering Ways to Jumpstart Creativity / A Virtual Mini-Workshop

Presented by Julia Torres

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Date and Time

A 90-minute virtual mini-workshop from 10:00am to 11:30am Eastern Time (ET).

  • Saturday, April 10, 2021

Please note that this virtual mini-workshop is scheduled for Eastern Time (ET). If you are in a different time zone, please plan your schedule accordingly.


In this session, participants will examine the reading and writing cycle and consider new ways to modify instruction for learning in virtual and hybrid environments. Education as we know it has historically focused on reading and writing as skills that students develop in a cyclical or sometimes linear fashion. Learning in a virtual environment has created very specific challenges that require a departure from traditional methods and steps toward new forms of interdependence. It is possible for skills development to happen in an organic way so that learning in its purest form gets preserved and students are empowered to read and write what they love, rather than predominantly what they are assigned. In this workshop, participants will explore methods for engaging readers in works that are both examples of great literature and powerful instructional tools for argumentative or creative writing and beyond.

Learning Objectives

  • Develop strategies for delivering reading and writing instruction in virtual and hybrid environments
  • Explore new works that can be used as instructional tools for writing
  • Reform writing instruction by incorporating new methods for virtual, in-person, or hybrid instruction

About the Presenter

Julia E. Torres is a veteran language arts teacher and librarian in Denver Public schools. As a teacher/activist committed to education as a practice of freedom, her practice is grounded in the work of empowering students to use language arts to fuel resistance and positive social transformation. Julia was awarded the 2020 National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Teacher of Excellence award and currently serves teachers as part of the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of NCTE board of directors. Julia facilitates workshops and professional conversations about anti-bias/anti-racist education, social justice, and culturally sustaining pedagogies in language arts, as well as digital literacy and librarianship. Her work has been featured in several publications, including NCTE's Council Chronicle, NPR, Al Jazeera's The Stream, PBS Education, KQED's MindShift, The New York Times Learning Network, the Chicago Tribune, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development's Education Update, Rethinking Schools, School Library Journal, and many more.

Who Should Participate

Teachers, parents, homeschoolers, and caregivers of students in grades 6-12, literacy coaches, reading specialists, and librarians.

Special 2021 Tuition Fee

The cost of this virtual mini-workshop is $40.00 per person. Tuition also includes access to the recorded workshop for 60 days.


Registrants will receive multiple emails from Heinemann, including enrollment confirmation, which also serves as your tuition receipt and contains some basic instructions. If you have not received your confirmation email within 48 hours of your registration, please contact us at or 800-541-2086, ext. 1151. Approximately two days prior to the event date you will receive an email with the PD event's Zoom link and log-in instructions.

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04/10/2021 - Eastern Time, ET

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