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A Peek Inside My Makerspace for Writers

“What’s a break it box?” Kevin asked, calling my attention to an overflowing black bin on the bottom shelf of our mobile makerspace. This five tier structure on wheels serves […]

Integrating Making and Writing: Constraints, Complexity, and Connection

Integrating making and writing experiences may not seem very difficult, but in my experience, making this marriage worthwhile requires some careful planning. It takes nothing to dump a pile of loose […]

Three Ways to Ensure that Making Inspires Writing Time (Rather than Replacing It)

When Writers Make Integrating making with writing at the WNY Young Writers’ Studio has completely transformed our learning and work. Whether we’re writing about the things that we make or […]

Exploring the Connections Between Making and Writing: The Stone in My Shoe

“What is this?” Ava asked, pulling a fuzzy bit of string out of the tray that greeted the writers at her table. “I’m not sure,” I replied, teasing her a […]

Maker Moves in the Writing Workshop

“What’s a break it box?” Kevin asked, calling my attention to an overflowing black bin on the bottom shelf of our mobile makerspace. This five tier structure on wheels serves […]

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Making Writing on the Grid

Here’s a snapshot of the grid that some writers plan with at the WNY Young Writer’s Studio. And here’s another of a bulletin board near it, which provides new writers […]

Two Sets of Sentence Frames that Help Writers Provide Quality Feedback

When it comes to building a writing community, much depends on the quality of the feedback that writers provide to one another. Solid feedback is timely, aligned to the needs […]

Give Writers Permission to Innovate by Rethinking the Supplies You Provide

In my work with teachers, and in our fellowship programs at the WNY Young Writer’s Studio, I’ve become closely acquainted with a few kids who absolutely hate writing. What’s worse […]

Mastering Plans or Planning to Become Masters? How to Teach Writers Creative Theft

Adult writers are often judged by their abilities to sell their work to the masses. In most schools, children are taught to pursue high grades. Both groups are conditioned to […]

Gamestorming to Add Dimension to a Draft

Name of the Game: Synesthesia Timing: This game is best played once writers have drafted a text that rich and lengthy enough for review. Goal: Adapted from a Gamestorming game […]