Retooling Traditional Writer’s Workshop Structures

This chart provides a glimpse at two different ways to execute a day of workshop. One is teacher-centered, and the other is writer-centered. As you explore them, consider when it makes sense to use each, because one approach isn’t better than the other. Each makes sense, given writer’s needs and place within the process.

Both models are reminiscent of traditional structures, but over time, I’ve made small but purposeful shifts in order to increase ownership and situate writers as teachers and leaders within our community. I find that doing so makes them far more interdependent, and this is critical. Writers thrive inside of communities where everyone is a teacher and everyone is a learner. I continue to play around with traditional workshop structures in order to increase the potential for this.

What do you think?

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