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Kristen has something to teach all of us - inexperienced and experienced writers alike - about how to create a writing life or enrich our writing lives in powerful ways. And her book can help all of us become better writing teachers.
- Carl Anderson, author of Assessing Writers
Reading Living and Teaching the Writing Workshop felt like I had this funny, passionate, insightful teacher sitting next to me and coaching me through all this. The wonderfully conversational tone is perfect for that teacher who really wants to do "this writing stuff" herself but is a little nervous about it all.
- Katie Wood Ray, author of About the Authors
In Living and Teaching the Writing Workshop, Kristen Painter helps you develop the writing teacher in you by uncovering the writer in you. After all, the more you know about writing, the better able you are to show students how it works, what it's like, and the amazing sense of possibility it can bring you.

Painter is your mentor and guide as you build your writing identity. She shares proven ideas, examples of her own work, and "try its" for those who are unsure how to get started. In addition, she offers numerous suggestions for creating a writing group in which you can practice the craft of writing among professional colleagues or out-of-school friends. As you hone drafts in the safety of your own adult writing workshop, you'll experience epiphanies that shed light on the big ideas that support writing instruction, and the little, tiny details that make the planning and conducting of a workshop go smoothly.

Inspirational and reflective, yet roll-up-your-sleeves workable, Living and Teaching the Writing Workshop also contains minilessons that directly apply what you learn in your own writing to your students' learning by modeling the writing process for them. Slim, practical, and complete with writing invitations for you and your students, Living and Teaching the Writing Workshop will help you link theory and practice, find commonalities between your professional and personal selves, and connect you to both your students and your curriculum.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780325007960
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 1/28/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.32 (d)

Meet the Author

A former staff developer at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, Columbia University, and the former director of literacy in a Saint Louis-area school district, Kristen Painter now divides her time among consulting, writing, and family.
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Table of Contents

Introduction : the reason to write
1 The big picture 3
2 Building a writing identity 9
3 Mining for ideas 12
4 Unearthing the one idea 18
5 Digging deeper 20
6 Drafting 27
7 Revising 31
8 Editing 39
9 Publishing 42
10 Reflection 45
11 Thoughts on living the life of a writer 47
12 Starting a writing group 51
13 Uncovering the writers in the group 54
14 Support 56
15 Declaring ideas 58
16 Group writing practice 60
17 Envisioning ideas 62
18 Giving and receiving feedback 64
19 Sharing 67
20 Final thoughts on writing groups 69
21 Strategic teaching through minilessons 75
22 Launching notebooks 83
23 Mining for ideas 89
24 Unearthing the one idea 92
25 Digging deeper 95
26 Drafting 100
27 Revising 102
28 Editing 106
29 Publishing 109
30 Reflection 112
App. A Merging the book's three sections 117
App. B My completed writing project on the family reunion 121
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