Becoming a Quiet Leader in the Writing Workshop: A Progression Toward Writer-Centered Approaches

I spent much of last week curled up on my couch designing writer’s workshop units while nursing a killer cold. One gorgeous silver lining: I’ve discovered lemon ginger tea. Another? I’ve had some time to think about how we do workshop a bit differently at the WNY Young Writer’s Studio.

Over the years, we’ve become a community that is truly writer-centered. Shifting away from traditional workshop structures and leading from behind was more than a bit daunting at first, but the rewards have been rich.

We still have work to do, but I know that taking one step at a time is okay. Approaching this as a series of transitions rather than a blind leap is too.

Take a peek at the document below. Which shift would you make first? Why?

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