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Conferring With Young Writers: Interactions that Nurture Composition Development / A Virtual Mini-Workshop

Presented by Matt Glover

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Date and Time

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

  • Saturday, March 13, 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.


Writing conferences are your most powerful moments of the teaching day because they are focused on the skills and strategies that a particular child needs. This session will support participants in examining and refining their skills as conferrers. We examine dimensions of composition growth and development as well as strategies for nudging writers forward. Using authentic video clips and writing samples, we will examine how to teach (rather then tell, remind, or correct) using a variety of mentors. Finally, we will think about how we confer differently based on the type of unit students are studying. All of the strategies explored will be applicable to conferring in person or online.

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

  • deepen their knowledge of compositional development in young writers
  • learn how to use published picture books, teacher writing, and student writing as teaching tools in a conference
  • examine effective strategies for managing conferences both in person and online
  • learn how to confer differently in craft studies, process studies, and genre studies.

About the Presenter

Matt Glover has been a teacher, principal, author, and consultant for over thirty years. His most recent book is Craft and Process Studies: Units That Provide Writers with Choice of Genre. He is the coauthor, with Kathy Collins, of I Am Reading; the author of Engaging Young Writers; coauthor, with Mary Alice Berry, of Projecting Possibilities for Writers; and coauthor, with Katie Wood Ray, of Already Ready, a video-enhanced e-book that combines video and text to examine conferring with young writers. Along with Ellin Oliver Keene, Matt is the coeditor of The Teacher You Want to Be: Essays About Children, Learning, and Teaching. A nationally known literacy consultant, Matt frequently speaks on topics related to nurturing writers, early reading, and supporting children's intellectual development.

Who Should Participate

Classroom teachers, parents, caregivers, and homeschoolers of grades PreK-3, literacy coaches, reading and language arts specialists, curriculum coordinators, and administrators.

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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03/13/2021 - Eastern Time, ET

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