How-to writing residency
for students (grades 3-6, 7-12, college and university), teachers, and adults
NOTE: Residencies and Workshops can be from one to four weeks, depending on the organization’s needs.
Part One: Vision! – creativity and story structure.
What if anyone could just sit down and write a story? Many people—young and old alike—struggle with creativity, especially when they’re stressed or pressed for time.
Want your students to learn a revolutionary method to unlock creativity without sacrificing structure? This workshop is for you. (And it works for essays, too!)
Part Two: Re-Vision – editing and improvement
Today’s students need reminders that the first draft isn’t the final. This workshop demonstrates the value of close re-reading and editing. Come back to your work and give it a fresh look. Learn how to reread and revise powerfully by finding and solving problems. Cut, expand, rearrange. Add depth and complexity or simplify.
Part Three: The Process of Publication.
Today, publication is part of the process. In consultation with the school’s needs, budget and technology, Mark will develop a process to bring student work to publication (digital or print). Teachers and students will learn the ins and outs of of publishing.
Workshop and Residency Structure
Whether you want a one day workshop or a multi-day residency, we’ll design a suite of programs that are appropriate for your school’s needs. For example, Mark can and will tell stories or do an author program for grades not included in the writing workshop.
This is not a workshop for tips and tricks.
It is hands on, pens on paper, and energetic!
Workshop requires desk space, paper and pencils for all students. White or chalk board. Projection for Re-Vision workshop
In just one class period, Mark teaches…
- Story structure
- Elements of narrative
- How to integrate and reincorporate ideas
- The importance of rewriting and revision
- How to overcome the blank page/writer’s block
- Improvisational creativity in written form
- Application to non-fiction/personal narrative
- In that same period, students will begin—and many will finish*—writing a story!*
*Finishing a story depends largely on the length of the class time. In a 60 to 90 minute session most students will have completed a first draft. In a 45 minute session, fewer will.
Mark will also:
- Tell stories
- Discuss and distinguish the differences between the written and oral traditions
- Answer questions
- Provide coaching and support
- Explain how structure applies to non-fiction essays
- This workshop can be presented in a number of formats based on your organization’s needs and daily schedule.
- Single day, multiple days—45/60/90 minute options.
- Grades 3 to 12 and adults
Week 1/Day 1 Writing Workshop Residency Schedule for elementary or middle schools
8:45-9:45 – Assembly with all classes to outline and teach methodology
10am – in classroom question/answer, coaching, modeling, and student writing.
11am – in classroom q/a, coaching, modeling, and student writing.
1pm – in classroom q/a, coaching, modeling, and student writing.
2pm -in classroom q/a, coaching, modeling, and student writing.
Day Two (optional – repeat until all classes handled)
Continued in classroom work
Editing and revision work
Note: schedule will be adjusted based on school bell timings.
Weeks 2-3 Editing (optional, and recommended)
Week 2 begins with an assembly focused on changes and improvements in work. In classrooms, Mark uses overhead projection to work with students and “right it.” Week 3 is about continuing the editing process. (Assembly is optional). Mark also works with teachers on their questions.
Weeks 4+ The Process of Publication and Presentation (optional)
Week 4 and beyond are about publication. (Prior to this week, in consultation with the school and teachers a pathway to publication — digital or print — has been developed. Mark works with teachers and students on the logistics of getting a work finished and into the world.
Week 5 (optional) is a public presentation of work by students.