March 21, 2018

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Teachers Write! is Back| Professional Shelf

TWSummer2016-300x300Since 2012, author Kate Messner has been hosting a free online summer writing program for teachers and librarians. Open to anyone who’s itching to write, Teachers Write 2016! is currently registering participants for this year’s series, scheduled to run from June 27th through August 5th.

Simply put, the “goal is to provide opportunities and encouragement for writing, learning, and sharing, with support from published authors who donate their time to visit and join our conversations.”Messner is working alongside fellow authors Gae Polisner, host of “Feedback Friday” where participants share and critique work, and Jo Knowles, whose “Monday Morning Warm Up” gets each week going with writing prompts and words of encouragement. Throughout the course, they’ll be offering mini-lessons on craft, Q&As on the writing process with guest authors, and quick-write prompts. A “Sunday Check-In,” hosted by teacher-writer Jen Vincent on her blog Teach Mentor Texts, offers space for reflection on the past week’s work.

Best of all, no matter how busy the summer ahead, Messner and company make being part of their supportive community of writers super easy—just sign up and set your own pace—it’s all about making time and space for writing. For more about Teachers Write!, check-out last year’s interview with Kate on the publication of her 59 Reasons to Write: Mini-Lessons, Prompts, and Inspiration for Teachers (Stenhouse, 2015).


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Alicia Eames About Alicia Eames

A former Brooklyn Public Library children's librarian and NYC public school teacher/librarian, Alicia Eames is a freelance editor and a frequent contributor to the SLJ’s Curriculum Connections “Professional Shelf” column.

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