Announcing Teachers Write 2013!

It’s almost time!

Teachers Write! is an online virtual summer writing camp for teachers and librarians who understand how important it is for people teaching writing to walk the walk. If you’re a teacher or librarian who would love to work on your own writing, we’d love to have you join us. If you already know about Teachers Write, you can go straight to the sign-up form. Otherwise, read on…

Here’s how it all works:

Primary Location: www.katemessner.com/blog (Post Category: TeachersWrite) New posts will be shared each weekday morning, and you can check in whenever it’s convenient.

Dates: June 24th – August 16th

Schedule:

Schedule is kind of an ugly word for summer, isn’t it? So let’s call this the plan-of-the-day instead. Feel free to participate in whatever floats your boat and skip the rest.

Mini-Lesson Mondays: Mondays will feature a mini-lesson on writing craft or logistics (how to make time has been a big question already!). I’ll share a workshop-style lesson with ideas, tips, and examples, and then there will be something to work on during the week. Or not. You can also just bookmark it for later. It’s summer, after all.

Monday Morning Warm-Up: Hosted by author Jo Knowles, this features a weekly warm-up to get you started after teh weekend!

Tuesday Quick-Write: Tuesdays will feature a writing prompt that can be used to brainstorm new ideas or deepen your thinking on the project you’re working on now.

Wednesday Q and A: Ever wished you could just pick an author’s brain about how they do it?  Each Wednesday, we’ll have a post where anyone can ask questions about writing .  I’ll answer, along with an awesome panel of  author friends who come to visit.

Thursday Quick-Write: Like Tuesdays, Thursdays will feature a writing prompt that can be used to brainstorm new ideas or deepen your thinking on the project you’re working on now.

Friday Writing Happy Hour: We’re heading over to visit author Gae Polisner at her blog every Friday. She’ll be hosting a Feedback Friday there, so stop by to share your work & offer feedback to others.

Friday Bonus: There will be some Friday surprises, too. Book giveaways, special guests, photos of bullfrogs…it’s hard to say.

Sunday Check-In: Weekends are for recharging, spending time with family and friends…and that includes online writing friends, too!  Amazing teacher-writer Jen Vincent is having a weekend get-together on her blog, Teach Mentor Texts.  Jen will be hosting an online writing group there. Each Sunday, she’ll be sharing reflections on her journey as a teacher who writes and encouraging others along the way. Think of it as a support group for writers, and head over there on Sundays to talk about goals, progress, struggles, and more.

Beyond these daily posts, you can expect the occasional surprise along the way – guest posts and some book giveaways for your classroom libraries, because teachers & librarians who write are worth celebrating.

Teachers Write! Virtual Summer Writing Camp Q and A

Who can join?

This writing camp is for teachers and librarians who work with kids of any age in any capacity. I’d ask that the Q and A and feedback requests be limited to them and the published authors who agree to help out, so the people who are working with kids get plenty of attention when it comes to mentoring and feedback.  If you’re not a teacher or librarian, you’re  still more than welcome to follow the posts and do the writing.

What does it cost?

 It’s free. You’ll see that on the sign-up page, we’re asking that you buy a couple books to support the work of the authors who organize, if you can. Otherwise, there’s no cost at all. If you’re a teacher or librarian who’s found this, you’ve probably put a lot of my books in a lot of kids’ hands already, or nominated them for state award lists, or reviewed them online, or purchased copies for your library.  I’m thankful for all of those things– and this seemed like a fun way to say so. Our guest authors you’ll meet along the way are volunteering their time for the same reasons — because we appreciate teachers & librarians and value the work that you do. Please support all of their books when you can.

Umm…I followed a link on Twitter and ended up here. Who are you, exactly?

Oh, hi! I’m Kate. I write books for kids of all ages, and I wrote a book about revision for teachers. I was a middle school English teacher for a long time and will never really get that out of my system.  You can explore my website links  to learn more. My favorite things are my family, being outside, reading, writing, and chocolate. All that should help you decide if you’d like to hang out here for the summer or not. I’m friendly, I promise.

What if I’m brand new at this whole writing thing?

Then the Teachers Write! Virtual Summer Writing Camp is especially for you. Welcome. You don’t need a license or a creative writing degree or permission from anyone to be a writer. All you need is the desire to write. Beginners and experienced writers are all welcome. Don’t worry… you can go at your own pace and only share what you want to share.  If you’re happier lurking as a stealth writing camp member, that’s okay, too.

So will you respond to our questions and give us feedback?

Yes. But be patient with me, okay? I have three writing deadlines and some book travel this summer and marshmallows to roast, too, so it may take me a while for me to approve and reply to all the comments sometimes. The good news is that this camp can run quite nicely even if I’m away. Daily posts will be scheduled, and all of you can cheer one another on and provide feedback. Our guest authors will be around to help with that, too.

What if I can’t start until later? And what if I’ll be on vacation the last week of July?

That’s fine. Sign up. Join us when you can. Take breaks whenever you like. We’ll keep your lemonade cold while you’re away.

How do I sign up?

You click here and fill out the form.  You are welcome to sign up for camp at ANY time during the summer, even if you miss the first weeks.

If you tweet about writing camp along the way, please use the hashtag #TeachersWrite to help facilitate the conversation on Twitter.

If you’re on Facebook, you may also want to join the TeachersWrite! group there so you can connect with other members & receive notifications. Just go here & click on the “Join Group” button on the top right of the page. It may take me a day or so to approve your membership, but then you’ll be able to see all the members & links.

Got Questions?

Fire away in the comments – and watch for an exciting list of Teachers Write! guest authors soon!

Note: 1st-time commenters on this blog need to be approved, so don’t worry if your question or sign-up comment doesn’t appear right away. I promise to get to them all within a day or two.

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5 Comments

  1. Helene
    Posted June 12, 2013 at 11:03 am | Permalink

    Do you mind if I buy my books through my school library Follett account rather than directly from the authors?

    • Posted June 12, 2013 at 9:14 pm | Permalink

      That’s totally fine, Helene – you wouldn’t be buying from the authors anyway – just from bookstores. But Follett is great. Thank you!

  2. Jill
    Posted June 14, 2013 at 9:33 am | Permalink

    I’m not a teacher or librarian (though often wish I were!), but I look forward to following along. Great stuff.

  3. Posted June 23, 2013 at 11:23 am | Permalink

    Thanks for offering this, it’s an awesome idea and I’m so excited about this!! I love that this is at-your-own-pace bc for busy moms & home-educators like myself, it’s the only way to find time/keep up with someone so beneficial…spreading the word. Thanks again!

  4. Posted June 23, 2013 at 11:25 am | Permalink

    Oops! Typo:^( Post this, not that, please:

    Thanks for offering this, it’s an awesome idea and I’m so excited about this!! I love that this is at-your-own-pace bc for busy moms & home-educators like myself, it’s the only way to find time/keep up with something so beneficial…spreading the word. Thanks again!

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