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Games Over Graphic Organizers: Let Young Writers Play This Way

“I know what I want to say, but I don’t know how to say it,” she sighed, sitting back and sinking deep into her chair. “It’s like I have too […]

Minding the GAP: A Game That Helps Writers Define Genre, Audience, Purpose

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Over the last several years, my work at the WNY Young Writer’s Studio has helped me discover that serious play is the work of writers , and gaming the process […]

Play is the Work of Writers–Gaming the Process

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Some of the best learning I enjoy emerges from my study of writers at play. In 1932, Mildred B. Parten was the first to distinguish one form of play from […]

Create an Installation of Learning Made Visible, and Then Invite Company

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Gone are the days when WNY Young Writer’s Studio writers celebrated their accomplishments by participating in readings or showcasing their anthology submissions. We celebrate our published writers to be sure, […]

Making Writing is About Sharing What You Learn

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“The best attribute of a well-run makerspace is the sharing of skills and knowledge. It starts with formal instruction, but the best learning takes place while one person is building […]

Tinkering with Text and Playing with Writing

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When I was in the classroom, I began each school year by conducting an interest inventory. I asked my students to tell me about their favorite books and television programs. […]

Make Writing by Diversifying Your Tools

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“When a large and diverse set of tools is provided, a large and diverse group of makers comes out to live, work, and play.” Mark Hatch, The Maker Movement Manifesto: […]

Ditch Your Best Practices and MAKE Observations

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“You observe an effect, then build a theory to fit the observation. It may be faster to memorize facts than to experience them, but I would argue that you don’t […]

Makers and Writers: Give More Than Your Work Away

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“One of the most satisfying aspects of making is giving away what you have made. Wonderfully, most people still value gifts made by the giver more than gifts that were […]