Announcing “Teachers Write!” A Virtual Summer Writing Camp for Teachers & Librarians

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.

Here’s how it all works:

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 4th- August 10th

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.

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: Fridays will feature virtual lemonade and time to share anything you’d like – progress for the week, links to projects you’re proud of, snippets of writing that you like or want feedback on.  Author Gae Polisner will also be hosting a Feedback Friday on her blog, so feel free to stop by there as well to share your work & offer feedback to others.

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. 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. The 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.

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. I’m visiting Mr. Schu’s Watch.Connect.Read.  blog today for an interview about my upcoming mystery for kids.  Mr. Schu and 4th grade teacher Colby Sharp recently chose my MARTY MCGUIRE books for their Twitter book club; you can read about that at SharpRead. I’m also guest-blogging about my love affair with encyclopedias at the Nerdy Book Club today. 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 two big 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?

Added on 6/2: I was originally having people sign up via comments…but at this point, I need to stop approving all those comments and get back to working on our camp agenda!  You are welcome to sign up for camp at ANY time during the summer, though. Even if I don’t get a chance to welcome you personally, please know that I’m thrilled to have you join us.

To sign up, please click here to visit the current Google sign-up doc and leave your name, where you teach and what you teach, and your online contact info (Twitter, blogs, etc.) Thanks!!

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.

Hey… Why do you want all that information?  Are you going to stalk me?

No. Your name & role are to help me figure out who’s participating as a teacher/librarian and how to tailor the workshops.  I’d love to know where (generally) you work because occasionally when I travel for conferences, I have time to sneak in a local school visit, and I’d like to be able to let you know about that if I’m in your part of the world.  Items 3-4 are to make it easier for Teachers Write! Summer Writing Campers to connect and stay connected for writing support and critique groups if you so choose.  I’m going to share a list of participants on the blog so you can find one another easily.  If you don’t want your name/info shared here, you can email it to me instead (kmessner at kate messner dot com).  I do hope you’ll consider connecting with one another, though, because there’s so much value in being part of a writing community.

Either way, I promise not to use any of this information to stalk you.  And if I do, I will be wearing a big floppy hat and those glasses with the fake nose & mustache, so you’ll never know it’s me anyway.

Got Questions?

Fire away – and if you know you’d like to join us, go ahead and leave  your name & info in the comments. Watch for an exciting list of Teachers Write! guest authors soon, and next week, we’ll roll up our sleeves and get writing!

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 by the end of the day.

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1201 Comments

  1. Posted May 29, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

    Wow! What a great opportunity. I appreciate that you will be doing this during the summer. I am excited already.
    1. Amanda Villagómez
    2. 6th – 8th Grade reading and writing (with 2 periods a week push-in support a for 2/3 blend and a 4/5 blend)
    3. Still not on Twitter
    4. http://www.snapshotsofmrsv.blogspot.com (reflecting on teaching) and http://www.enbuscadeequilibrio.blogspot.com (where I do my Slice of Life Tuesday posts)

    • Posted May 29, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Permalink

      Welcome, Mrs. V. Happy to have you writing with us this summer!

    • Heather Corral
      Posted May 29, 2012 at 10:27 pm | Permalink

      1. Heather Corral
      2. 8th Language Arts Teacher
      3. @heathercorral
      4. website is under construction – not happy with current one.

      • Posted May 29, 2012 at 11:24 pm | Permalink

        Glad you’re joining us, Heather!

    • Pat Keefe
      Posted May 31, 2012 at 2:47 am | Permalink

      1. Pat Keefe
      2. High School English 10
      3. PKeefe1845@aol.com

      • Posted May 31, 2012 at 10:03 am | Permalink

        So glad you’re writing with us this summer, Pat!

    • Debbie Albert
      Posted June 2, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Permalink

      I am a former elementary educator and now teach elementary education literacy courses at the university level. I am so excited about this opportunity! Thank you!

      • Posted June 2, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Permalink

        Welcome, Debbie! I’m excited, too!

  2. Robin
    Posted May 29, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

    1. Robin Willis
    2. Middle School Librarian (6-8)
    3. @RobinReads
    4. I mostly tweet, but occasionally post on Tumblr @ http://gettingdressedoutofthedryer.tumblr.com

    • Posted May 29, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Permalink

      Hi, Robin! Happy you’re joining us this summer!

  3. Dee Sypherd
    Posted May 29, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Permalink

    Twitter Name: @dsypherd

    Please sign me up for Teachers Write!

  4. Jennifer Yuenger
    Posted May 29, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Permalink

    Hello! Thank you so much for organizing this!! I’m so excited to join. My name is Jenna and I teach 6thrade language arts in Villa Hills KY. @jennasthings

    • Posted May 29, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

      Glad you’re joining us, Jenna!

  5. Posted May 29, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

    Hi Kate!
    So excited to be part of this virtual summer writing camp! So, for the info you asked for:

    Katherine Sokolowski
    5th grade teacher at Washington School, Monticello, IL
    @katsok
    http://readwriteandreflect.blogspot.com/

    Can’t wait to get started! Thanks for doing this.
    Katherine

  6. Posted May 29, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Permalink

    Hi Kate,

    This sounds amazing, and I’m excited to help spread the word. I’m also a little nervous to commit–I’m too busy, aren’t I?–but I think my hesitation has more to do with fear than busyness. (Interesting that my VCFA lecture was on fear . . . ) But you’re flexible and it’s an incredible opportunity, so I’m in!

    My name is Kellye Crocker, and since January I’ve been working as a youth services librarian assistant at the Urbandale Public Library in suburban Des Moines, Iowa. I work with all ages, from toddlers to teens (LOVE!) and oversee the YA collection, including ordering. I’m @kelcrocker on Twitter. I have a fledgling website at http://www.kelcrocker.com, which needs to be updated, and I haven’t blogged since 2007 (except for a photo a day project I did last year on posterous.)

    I’m looking forward to getting to know everyone! Thank you again for your amazing generosity.

    Best,
    Kellye

    • Posted May 29, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

      Happy to have you here, Kellye – and no worries about the commitment. You can join us whenever it works and maybe bookmark other posts to return to when things aren’t so busy.

  7. Posted May 29, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Permalink

    7th and 12th grade English teacher, Rock Rapids, Iowa.
    Twitter: @KateBrauning
    Website: http://www.katebrauning.com

    • Posted May 29, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

      Great to have you joining us, Kate!

  8. Tammy Delaney
    Posted May 29, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Permalink

    Tammy Delaney
    6th Grade Reading/Language Arts Teacher
    Spencer Community Schools, Spencer, IA

    This will rock! Great idea. :) I can’t wait to learn with everyone.
    Tammy

    • Posted May 29, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Permalink

      Thanks, Tammy! Happy to have you join us!

  9. Carrie G.
    Posted May 29, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

    I’m so very excited for this and grateful for your willingness to put it together for us teachers and librarians! Thank you! Here is my info that you asked for:

    Carrie Garrison
    5th Grade Cluster teacher at C.W. Harris Elementary, Phoenix, AZ
    @Carrie_Garrison
    (no blog these days)

  10. Posted May 29, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

    Kate, thanks so much for doing this – I’ve just been re-inspired to begin writing again after reading In the Middle, and I think this will be a great way to start :-)

    Sasha Reinhardt
    8th Grade Language Arts Teacher at Clark Middle in Winchester, KY
    @MiddleGrdReads
    http://middlegrdreads.blogspot.com

  11. Posted May 29, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Permalink

    I’d love to join your Teachers Write. I work as a freelance writer and homeschool my son – hope I still qualify. I love writing for others and have a hard time writing just for myself! :)

    Jessica Whitmore
    I have homeschooled my son for the past three years and teach writing classes at our homeschool co-op. I’m in the Western Suburbs of Philadelphia.
    @jmwhitmore
    jessicawhitmore.com

    Thanks!

    • Posted May 29, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Permalink

      Welcome, Jessica! Happy to have you writing with us!

  12. Valorie Engholm
    Posted May 29, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Permalink

    I’ve been looking for something just like this! Thanks so much!

    Valorie Engholm
    GED teacher at YouthBuild KCK, Kansas City
    @engval
    No website

    • Posted May 29, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Permalink

      Oh, I’m glad you found us! Welcome!

  13. Posted May 29, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for doing this, Kate!

    Sasha Reinhardt
    8th Grade Language Arts Teacher at Clark Middle in Winchester, KY
    @MiddleGrdReads
    http://middlegrdreads.blogspot.com

    Sorry if two comments post!

    • Posted May 29, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Permalink

      Hurray! So happy you’re going to write with us this summer, Sasha!

  14. Sandi Walden
    Posted May 29, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Permalink

    I teach 7th grade math in a small k-12 school. I also have over 1500 books in my classroom library that I share with students (even some that have graduated).
    Find me @childofthe80s on twitter and http://sandiw.blogspot.com

    • Posted May 29, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Permalink

      Thanks, Sandi- happy to have you join us!

  15. Posted May 29, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Permalink

    Wheeeeee! Gurrrrrl, this is going to be amazing, thank youuuu! I’m a 2nd/3rd grade highly capable teacher in Federal Way, WA. I’m @MsHoughton on The Twitters.

    • Posted May 29, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Permalink

      So happy you’re writing with us!

  16. Posted May 29, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Permalink

    This sounds SO AMAZING! What a great Twitter find!

    Here’s my info:
    Jen Bearden
    5th grade teacher, Robinson Elementary, Kirkwood, MO
    @jenbearden
    http://www.20somethingkidsand1kookyteacher.com

    CANNOT wait to get started with this! I am telling all of my friends, as well! :)

    • Posted May 29, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Permalink

      Fantastic! So happy to have you join us!

  17. Colby Sharp
    Posted May 29, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Permalink

    This is awesome.

  18. Posted May 29, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Permalink

    This is absolutely amazing Kate…If I weren’t working on my dissertation I would join in for sure. I think I may lurk for inspiration :). @kmcilhagga

    • Posted May 29, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Permalink

      Lurk away…we’re happy to have you, even if it’s just now and then.

  19. Kelly v.
    Posted May 29, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Permalink

    This is just what I needed this summer. I’m planning to finish the first draft and hopefully at least one revision of my current YA WIP before school begins in August.

    Kelly D. Vorhis
    10th-grade English, Creative Writing, Advanced Composition, Academic Team Coach
    NorthWood HS, Nappanee, IN
    @kelvorhis

    Hoping to get ideas about starting a teen writing club as well as hone my own writing skills.

  20. Kelly Ickes
    Posted May 29, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Permalink

    Sounds like an incredible experience… Thank You!

    Kelly Ickes
    3rd Grade Teacher
    @TeachLions

    (another summer project to redo the blog… nothing active right now)

    • Posted May 29, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Permalink

      Happy to have you join us, Kelly!

  21. Jan Hamilton
    Posted May 29, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Permalink

    I’m Jan Hamilton; I teach language arts to 8th graders in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Twitter is @JanHamilton7
    This sounds fun. Thank you!

  22. Carole Lindstrom
    Posted May 29, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Permalink

    This sounds like what I’ve been needing to push me along. I’m not a teacher or librarian, but I do have a 5yr old that devours books and who has renewed my love of writing. We are moving to Cape Town, South Africa in September, and I am hoping to work with Litworld to create libraries in townships there. I am extremely excited about that opportunity!

    I would love to join your group.

    Carole Lindstrom

  23. Posted May 29, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Permalink

    1. Jennifer Fowler
    2. 7th/8th grade language arts teacher, Paintsville, KY
    3. N/A
    4. http://paintsville.kyschools.us/olc/teacher.aspx?s=1005

    • Posted May 29, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

      So glad you’ll be joining us, Jennifer!

  24. Kathleen Armstrong
    Posted May 29, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Permalink

    Here’s my info:
    Kathleen Armstrong
    Twitter @ kwarmstrong
    I teach 5th grade Language Arts at Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School (MICDS) in St.Louis, MO.

    I love this opportunity. I haven’t had a writing group for years and I miss it. I will tell colleagues in my department too.

    • Posted May 29, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Permalink

      Yay!! So glad you’ll be writing with us this summer!

  25. Posted May 29, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Permalink

    My name is Cory Roush, I’m currently unemployed but would like to teach elementary school in Portland, Oregon. My Twitter handle is @coryroush and you can find some of my work on http://www.coryroush.com. Enjoy your summer!

    • Posted May 29, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Permalink

      Any future teacher is a friend of mine, Cory – happy to have you with us.

  26. Posted May 29, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Permalink

    I’m in! My name is Deb Day and I teach high school English 9, Creative Writing, Speech and Drama in Cresco, Iowa. I’ve been really working on putting my teaching where my mouth is, but lately the writing has been taking a back seat to everything else. This will be the kick start I need.

    My blog is called Coffee With Chloe and it can be found at http://deb-day.blogspot.com/
    My twitter name is @mrsday75

    Can’t wait to get started.

  27. Jamey
    Posted May 29, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Permalink

    Your name: Jamey
    Your role Early Entry College Courses (Eng comp 101, American Lit) over Distance Learning
    Your Twitter name, jdog90
    Your blog or website, http://blog.esu10.org/jboelhower/

    • Posted May 29, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Permalink

      Happy to have you writing with us, Jamey!

  28. Posted May 29, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

    Micki Fryhover
    7th grade language arts teacher, Wichita, Ks
    @MickiFryhover
    mdfryhover.wordpress.com

    Thank you, Kate, for setting this up. This truly is a gift!! I am STOKED!!

  29. Jen Vincent
    Posted May 29, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Permalink

    This is going to be so great, Kate! I am excited to see everything you come up with and all the writing that will come with it!

    I’m Jen Vincent, I am a hearing itinerant teacher in a large district in north-western suburbs of Chicago. I work at 7 different schools with students who are deaf and hard of hearing in grades K – 12. I do know sign language and can speak Spanish, too!

    I tweet at @mentortexts and blog at http://www.teachmentortexts.com.

    Thank you for all of this Kate! It’s going to be great!

    • Posted May 29, 2012 at 5:05 pm | Permalink

      Yay!! Okay if I publish you bio on Sunday when I link to your post?

  30. Erica Ford
    Posted May 29, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

    Erica Ford
    6th L. A. In Highlands Ranch, Colorado
    @eridau

    Thanks do much. I’m looking forward to this!

    • Posted May 29, 2012 at 5:04 pm | Permalink

      Looking forward to writing with you this summer, Erica!

  31. Dale Patterson
    Posted May 29, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Permalink

    Moving from 7th reading and English to third grade self contained. Looking forward to the change.
    Twitter:@dteachur
    Huber Heights, Ohio

    • Posted May 29, 2012 at 5:04 pm | Permalink

      Happy to have you join us, Dale!

  32. John Scovill
    Posted May 29, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Permalink

    I am so excited about this! Jen and I were brainstorming ways to do this and this is even better than I could have come up with! Thanks Kate and Jen!

    John Scovill
    Twitter handle: johnlit360
    I teach 5th grade
    lit360.wordpress.com (I believe)

    I can’t wait for this and I am super excited!!!

  33. Posted May 29, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

    Melissa Biehl
    Librarian K-5
    @mbiehl1
    I don’t blog as much as I should…I am working on this.
    http://mbiehl.edublogs.org/

    • Posted May 29, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Permalink

      Hurray! Happy to have you writing with us, Melissa!

  34. Erika Victor
    Posted May 29, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Permalink

    Sooo excited for this!
    Grade 3 teacher- Berlin, Germany
    @Victortweets

    Thanks, Kate, for offering this great opportunity!

    • Posted May 29, 2012 at 4:58 pm | Permalink

      Hi, Erika! I’m waving to you from across the Atlantic!

  35. Posted May 29, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Permalink

    Nervously excited to join!!

    Jacquelyn Sticca
    Currently: First Grade, (Woodlawn Neighborhood) Chicago, IL
    Next Year: First Grade, Cedar Hills, Utah
    Twitter: @MissSticker
    Blog: http://www.Miss-Sticker.blogspot.com

    • Posted May 29, 2012 at 5:06 pm | Permalink

      Don’t be nervous – we’re all going to write & learn together. Welcome!

  36. Posted May 29, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Permalink

    I am beyond excited!!

    1. Stacey Loscalzo
    2. Literacy Consulant, Ridgewood, NJ
    3. @staceyloscalzo
    4. http://www.staceyloscalzo.com

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  37. Victoria Conley
    Posted May 29, 2012 at 4:55 pm | Permalink

    3rd grade teacher
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    I can’t wait to improve my writing skills! :)

  38. Rita Grimes
    Posted May 29, 2012 at 4:56 pm | Permalink

    Rita Grimes
    Youth Services Library associate II (Infants thru teens)
    N/A
    N/A

    • Posted May 29, 2012 at 5:06 pm | Permalink

      So happy you’ll be joining us, Rita!

  39. Shannon Lewis
    Posted May 29, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Permalink

    I teach 6th, 9th, and 10th Grade English at a small private school in Pawleys Island, South Carolina. Sara Lewis Holmes is my sister-in-law and how I found out about this. Sounds fun! Interested in your book about revision, too. :) Thank you!
    My twitter: mrslewislps
    My blog for my teacher identity: Mrs. Lewis Thinks on WordPress
    http://mrslewisthinks.wordpress.com/
    My blog for myself: Surly Gurlie also on WordPress
    http://smclewis.wordpress.com/

    • Posted May 29, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Permalink

      Oh, I love Sara! So glad you’re going to join us!

  40. Judy Twetten
    Posted May 29, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Permalink

    Greetings,
    My name is Judy Twetten. I teach K-8 Gifted and Talented in Cresco, IA. Writing scares me and I have the least experience with writing. But would like to follow in some of my students’ writer footsteps. :-)

    I having been taking online college classes the last few years, I think writing may lead to a better fit for me. I decided to sign up because of your line ” “If you’re happier lurking as a stealth writing camp member, that’s okay, too.” :-)

    Just started doing Twitter. @jtteachercresco

    My school website-
    http://webmail.howard-winn.k12.ia.us/elemtag/K_8_GAT/Welcome.html
    Started blogging last year & love it.
    http://gatblogger.blogspot.com/

    • Posted May 29, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Permalink

      Hi, Judy! It’s okay that writing scares you (though I hope we’ll change that!), and I think it’s awesome that you’re here. Welcome!

  41. Christy Newsham
    Posted May 29, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Permalink

    Christy Newsham z
    Kindergarten teacher at Tillman Elementary in Kirkwood,Mo.
    No twitter acct.
    Just starting a blog, haven’t published anything yet!

  42. Posted May 29, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Permalink

    You had me at: walking the walk.

    I need to be better at practicing what I preach, so here we go.

    My name is Colby Sharp
    I’m a fourth grade teacher in Battle Creek, MI.
    On twitter I’m @colbysharp
    I blog at http://www.mrcolbysharp.com

    • Posted May 29, 2012 at 6:43 pm | Permalink

      Happy to see you here, friend. I may bother you for a guest post later on if that’s okay?

      • Colby Sharp
        Posted May 30, 2012 at 9:19 am | Permalink

        Yes, of course.

  43. Maria Selke
    Posted May 29, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Permalink

    Maria Selke
    I’m a gifted resource teacher (K-5) in Pennsylvania.
    I’ve been through the PA writing and lit project (a branch of NWP) but it’s been years since I wrote any fiction!

    I am mselke01 on Twitter
    I recently started blogging at http://www.mariaselke.com

    • Posted May 29, 2012 at 6:41 pm | Permalink

      Glad you’ll be writing with us this summer!

  44. Sue Fauser
    Posted May 29, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Permalink

    Sue Fauser
    Elementary SpEd (written language small group/individual instruction)
    Volunteer adult literacy tutor

    What a wonderful idea, thanks for implementing it!

  45. Sheena Roller
    Posted May 29, 2012 at 5:59 pm | Permalink

    Hi – This sounds right up my alley. With a one-year old at
    home, I had planned on staying out of PD’s and trainings as much as possible this summer, but now I’ve got a potentially great naptime activity.

    1. 7th grade language arts teacher
    2. Kentucky
    What else did you need? I am theoretically on twitter but haven’t done anything with it in over a year. I am on facebook a lot and my username there is just my name.

    • Posted May 29, 2012 at 6:41 pm | Permalink

      Naptime is perfect for writing – that’s when bunches of my first book got written (before my daughter decided naps weren’t her thing.) Welcome!

  46. Susan Young
    Posted May 29, 2012 at 6:00 pm | Permalink

    Susan Young
    9th-11th grade English teacher
    Atlanta, GA

    Eager to get some help with my self-discipline for summer writing :-).

    • Posted May 29, 2012 at 6:40 pm | Permalink

      We’re happy to have you writing with us, Susan!

  47. Posted May 29, 2012 at 6:09 pm | Permalink

    Joanne
    Retired Teacher & Curriculum Consultant
    @grkgrljet

  48. Posted May 29, 2012 at 6:17 pm | Permalink

    HI Kate!
    This is a great idea! I’m really looking forward to doing some writing & getting feedback.

    1. Natalee Stotz
    2. Head of High School, Humanities teacher at Windham Christian Academy, Windham, ME
    3. @nataleestotz
    4.http://nataleestotz.blogspot.com/

    • Posted May 29, 2012 at 6:40 pm | Permalink

      Hurray! Happy you’re joining us, Natalee!

  49. Posted May 29, 2012 at 6:23 pm | Permalink

    Angela Redden
    8th Grade Language Arts Teacher
    Dickson, Tennessee
    @AMRedden
    http://www.aredden.wordpress.com

  50. Linda Stoffan
    Posted May 29, 2012 at 6:23 pm | Permalink

    I am looking forward to improving my writing skills. I plan on taking classes online for my MA and I hope this will really help me. Plus I tell my students to continue learning over the summer, I need to also…lol

    • Posted May 29, 2012 at 6:40 pm | Permalink

      Terrific, Linda! Glad you’re on board.

  51. Jen Kasyan
    Posted May 29, 2012 at 6:27 pm | Permalink

    Hello!
    I’m excited for this project and hoping it will kick-start my summer writing!
    My name is Jen Kasyan and I am a K-6 librarian in Oradell, NJ.
    Twitter: @jmk6
    (Neglected) Blog: http://thelibraryhero.blogspot.com/

    • Posted May 29, 2012 at 6:40 pm | Permalink

      Happy to have you join us, Jen!

  52. mrsjones
    Posted May 29, 2012 at 7:12 pm | Permalink

    What a great way for us to practice what we preach! My name is Angela Jones and I teach fifth grade in Rocky Hill, Connecticut. Twitter @Jones4225

    • Posted May 29, 2012 at 9:22 pm | Permalink

      So glad you’ll be writing with us this summer, Angela!

  53. Mara Southorn
    Posted May 29, 2012 at 7:22 pm | Permalink

    Mara Southorn
    6-8 Reading Specialist, Naperville, IL
    @Scarlet910
    No website yet!

  54. Posted May 29, 2012 at 7:30 pm | Permalink

    I’ll be teaching 6th grade this next school year with son’s charter school.

    I’m @ixtumea on Twitter

    I’m excited to be a part of this!

    • Posted May 29, 2012 at 9:22 pm | Permalink

      Congrats, Kim – I didn’t know that! Happy to have you here!

  55. JEAN HANNON
    Posted May 29, 2012 at 7:30 pm | Permalink

    Retired 8th grade English teacher who wants to write and needs the structure of something like this! I also like the idea of a schedule..even in the summer. How nice of you to encourage all of us. No Twitter , no Blog, just a head full of ideas!

    • Posted May 29, 2012 at 9:21 pm | Permalink

      A head full of ideas is all that’s required – welcome!

  56. Posted May 29, 2012 at 7:34 pm | Permalink

    I’m so excited. Sign me up.
    Kay McGriff. I teach 8th grade language arts in North Vernon, IN. I’m on Twitter as @kaymcgriff. My blog is http://kaymcgriff.edublogs.org.

  57. Posted May 29, 2012 at 7:48 pm | Permalink

    Your name: Emily S.
    Your role and city/town where you work: Elementary Education graduate student, soon to be student teaching in Rexburg, Idaho
    Your Twitter name, if you’re on Twitter: @Darth_Chic
    Your blog or website, if you have one: http://www.emsreviewsbooks.com/

    This is fantastic! I’m so excited to be a part of this…I’m almost done with my graduate program and working on writing my own novel. This will be perfect. Thank you!!

    • Posted May 29, 2012 at 9:21 pm | Permalink

      I’m so glad you’re joining us, Emily – welcome!

  58. Karen Cingiser
    Posted May 29, 2012 at 8:22 pm | Permalink

    Hi Kate

    So excited for this opportunity.

    Karen Cingiser
    3rd and 4th grade teach in Moretown, Vermont
    @cingy3
    No blog at the moment…perhaps this will push me to blog again

    • Posted May 29, 2012 at 9:20 pm | Permalink

      So glad you’ll be writing with us this summer, Karen!

  59. Dana Schreiner
    Posted May 29, 2012 at 8:25 pm | Permalink

    Name: Dana Schreiner
    Role: Currently a literacy coach in a K-6 building but I am going back to teaching next year and will be teaching English as a Second Language to students in grade K as well as students new to country in grades 4, 5, and 6 during the 2012-2013 school year.
    Twitter: @teacherdbs
    Blogs: shewritesbecause.blogspot.com, cvliteracy.blogspot.com,

    This is awesome Katie! Thank you!!!

    • Dana Schreiner
      Posted May 29, 2012 at 8:26 pm | Permalink

      I meant Kate (typing to fast) ;)

    • Dana Schreiner
      Posted May 29, 2012 at 8:35 pm | Permalink

      Oh… and I am in a suburb of Minneapolis (I need to learn to read/write directions) ;)

    • Posted May 29, 2012 at 9:20 pm | Permalink

      Glad you’re joining us, Dana! (And no worries…I answer to most variation of Kate!)

  60. Michelle Kane
    Posted May 29, 2012 at 8:45 pm | Permalink

    Michelle Kane
    8th grade English and 7th grade Reading
    No Twitter or website yet
    I am also an aspiring writer and got.my degree in Writing for Children from Simmons!

    • Posted May 29, 2012 at 9:19 pm | Permalink

      Welcome, Michelle! Did you work with Jo Knowles at Simmons? She’s a friend and a guest author for camp!

  61. Darin Johnston
    Posted May 29, 2012 at 8:49 pm | Permalink

    I saw this floating around the Twitter-verse and thought it sounded like a great idea! :) I’m hardly a writer, but love to teach it, so why not?

    My name is Darin Johnston, and right now, I’m a 5th grade literacy and science teacher in Elgin, Iowa but this may change at any second! :) Thanks for giving us this opportunity to stretch our minds this summer!

    Twitter name: @AnIowaTeacher

    My blog: http://iowaconflictedteacher.wordpress.com/

  62. Lori Trisler
    Posted May 29, 2012 at 9:02 pm | Permalink

    Lori Trisler
    5th grade teacher
    Wichita, KS
    @twizzle77

    Looking forward to rediscovering an old love.

    • Posted May 29, 2012 at 9:18 pm | Permalink

      Your comment made me smile – I spent a long time away from fiction writing in my 20s & rediscovered stories in my 30s. Hope you have a great summer with us!

  63. Posted May 29, 2012 at 9:03 pm | Permalink

    Tammy Egesdal
    4th grade teacher
    Twitter name @tegesdal
    Blog http://www.mrsegesdal.blogspot.com

    Thanks again for offering so much to teachers. The kids enjoyed your author skype.

    • Posted May 29, 2012 at 9:17 pm | Permalink

      Thanks, Tammy! And welcome to writing camp!

  64. Cathy Daane
    Posted May 29, 2012 at 9:03 pm | Permalink

    I am a grade K-12 Library Media Specialist.
    Twitter: @cjd1030
    No website at this time :)

    Thanks so much for the opportunity to learn and grow.

    • Posted May 29, 2012 at 9:17 pm | Permalink

      Thanks, Cathy! Happy to have you join us in writing this summer!

  65. Posted May 29, 2012 at 9:54 pm | Permalink

    Jane Simons
    I teach in England but teach English to kids aged 11-18
    @jane010879
    http://moatedgrange-mariana.blogspot.com/ (But I don’t update it as much as I should)

  66. Angie Miller
    Posted May 29, 2012 at 9:59 pm | Permalink

    My name is Angie Miller and I love Kate. :)
    Busy this summer, but committed to writing…

    Middle School ELA Teacher, Holderness, NH
    http://www.boundlessangie.blogspot.com
    http://www.nhtoy2011.blogspot.com
    @angiecmiller74

    • Posted May 29, 2012 at 11:28 pm | Permalink

      And I love you right back. (Angie is one of my friends & fellow speakers from the 2012 TED Conference, everybody!) Glad you’re joining us!

  67. Posted May 29, 2012 at 9:59 pm | Permalink

    Hi Kate;
    I am a Public Librarian for all ages. We run a writing group for adults once a week, and this would be great to keep myself creative. Thanks. I don’t have twitter, but I do email

    Thanks.

    Tara

  68. Laura Matheny
    Posted May 29, 2012 at 10:04 pm | Permalink

    This is JUST what I need this summer! I want to do more writing but don’t make the time to do so. Thank you!

    I teach 4th/5th grade at an independent school in Philadelphia, PA.
    musingteacher is my twitter name.
    I have a blog but haven’t posted anything in a while. (http://musingteacher.wordpress.com/)
    Whee!

    • Posted May 29, 2012 at 11:27 pm | Permalink

      You’re in luck – our first topic (on Monday!) is about making time. Welcome!

  69. Rebecca Stephenson
    Posted May 29, 2012 at 10:07 pm | Permalink

    Rebecca Stephenson
    6th grade language arts in Winchester, VA
    Twitter: MsAvonlea (Though I’m a relative twitter newbie)
    Blog: http://readerswritersworkshop.blogspot.com/

    What a great idea! I have always enjoyed writing, but often need motivation to actually make time for it like I should. Hopefully this will help. ;) Thanks!

  70. The Brain Lair
    Posted May 29, 2012 at 10:07 pm | Permalink

    Kathy M Burnette, middle school media specialist (6-8)
    Granger, In
    Twitter: @thebrainlair
    Blog: http://www.thebrainlair.com

    • Posted May 29, 2012 at 11:26 pm | Permalink

      Hurray! Glad you’re joining us, Kathy!

  71. Megan Dincher
    Posted May 29, 2012 at 10:14 pm | Permalink

    Hooray! It’s my goal to write every day this summer, and I have a feeling this will be fantastic motivation.

    1. Megan Dincher
    2. I’m actually a pre-service teacher studying at Miami University to teach high school English, and I’ll be student teaching abroad in Luxembourg in the fall.
    3. @mdinch
    4. Don’t have one–yet!

    • Posted May 29, 2012 at 11:26 pm | Permalink

      That’s a great goal – I think you’ll like it here.

  72. Posted May 29, 2012 at 10:14 pm | Permalink

    I’m so excited for this! It’s just what I need this summer :-)

    My name: Brian Wyzlic
    My role: 7th and 8th grade literature teacher in Ann Arbor, MI
    Twitter: @brianwyzlic
    Website: wyzreads.wordpress.com

  73. Laura Knight
    Posted May 29, 2012 at 10:19 pm | Permalink

    What a fantastic opportunity!

    I am Head of Modern Languages and Director of eLearning at Berkhamsted School, UK. I teach 11-18 year olds French and Spanish.
    Twitter: @elearninglaura
    Blog: elearninglaura.net

    • Posted May 29, 2012 at 11:25 pm | Permalink

      Great to meet you, Laura – I’m glad you’re joining us!

  74. Kimberly Vance
    Posted May 29, 2012 at 10:23 pm | Permalink

    Hi! This sounds like a great summer project! My name is Kim Vance, @mrsvance on twitter. Currently without a blog, although, I hope to correct that this summer also. I am at St. Boniface Catholic school in Cincinnati, OH. I teach English LA for grade 6 and Social Studies for grade 6 – 8. Looking forward to this project.

  75. Posted May 29, 2012 at 10:23 pm | Permalink

    When it come to reading I most definitely “walk the walk” but writing scares me senseless! So, it’s time to face my fears…thanks for the opportunity!

    Susan Dee
    4th/5th Grade teacher
    Biddeford Intermediate School, Biddeford, ME
    @literacydocent
    http://www.thebookmavenshaven.blogspot.com

    • Posted May 29, 2012 at 11:25 pm | Permalink

      There’s nothing to be afraid of – I suspect if you read & teach, you’re already a writer. You just need to get comfortable calling yourself one!

  76. Angie
    Posted May 29, 2012 at 10:28 pm | Permalink

    I am an 8th grade ELA teacher who desperately needs to devote more time to writing. I am looking forward to this opportunity. Thank you for making it happen.
    Twitter name @aldc2

  77. Kelli Traber
    Posted May 29, 2012 at 10:33 pm | Permalink

    Kelli Traber
    fourth grade, Dublin City Schools, Dublin, Ohio
    Twitter: @kellitraber
    Blog: http://kellitrabertalks.blogspot.com

    Thanks so much!

  78. Kerry Ciccone
    Posted May 29, 2012 at 10:43 pm | Permalink

    Kerry Ciccone
    3rd grade teacher
    kerryc156

    This is exactly what I need to be a better teacher of writing! Thanks.

  79. Meghan
    Posted May 29, 2012 at 10:43 pm | Permalink

    Excited and nervous to join
    Meghan Fatouros
    PK-5 elementary school librarian. Arlington, VA
    Twitter: mmflibrary

    • Posted May 29, 2012 at 11:23 pm | Permalink

      Don’t be nervous – you’ll be among kindred spirits & friends. Welcome!

  80. Allie Waugh
    Posted May 29, 2012 at 10:56 pm | Permalink

    7 & 8 Language Arts Teacher
    @alliejowaugh

  81. Susan Wright
    Posted May 29, 2012 at 10:59 pm | Permalink

    Susan Wright
    6th Grade Reading Teacher
    Rowlett (Dallas), TX
    Twitter: @wrightsb32
    An avid reader who is always being told
    I should write a book! Maybe I should.
    Thought this would be a good place to start.
    Thanks for doing this! Authors are the nicest people!

    • Posted May 29, 2012 at 11:22 pm | Permalink

      We think teachers & librarians are the nicest people. Glad you’re joining us!

  82. Posted May 29, 2012 at 11:00 pm | Permalink

    Sarah W.
    K-4 Librarian in WI
    @pageintraining
    pageintraining.wordpress.com

    • Posted May 29, 2012 at 11:22 pm | Permalink

      Happy that you’re joining us!

  83. Catherine Larkins
    Posted May 29, 2012 at 11:09 pm | Permalink

    Catherine Larkins
    Library Media Specialist 6th-8th
    Sierra Nevada Mtns., CA

  84. Posted May 29, 2012 at 11:11 pm | Permalink

    I am very excited!
    April Pameticky
    7th Grade Language Arts, Wichita, KS
    @aprilinwichita
    http://pameticky.blogspot.com

  85. Kristen Kilpatrick
    Posted May 29, 2012 at 11:22 pm | Permalink

    5th grade
    Twitter -kkilpatrick7
    No blog, yet, hoping to get it together this summer

    I am so thrilled to be working with you and the amazing teachers on Twitter. Yeah for writing camp!

    • Posted May 29, 2012 at 11:39 pm | Permalink

      Thanks – I’m thrilled to be working with all of you, too!

  86. Posted May 29, 2012 at 11:23 pm | Permalink

    I’m in! Thanks so much for doing this, Kate! I also passed the word on to a few teacher friends. :)

    Your name: Sarah
    Your role: HS English teacher/ Lincroft, NJ
    Your Twitter name, if you’re on Twitter: @thereadingzone
    Your blog or website, if you have one: thereadingzone.wordpress.com

    • Posted May 30, 2012 at 10:46 am | Permalink

      Welcome, Sarah! Great to have you joining us.

  87. Posted May 29, 2012 at 11:30 pm | Permalink

    Best. Idea. Ever. :) Thank YOU, Kate!

    My name: Cindy Minnich
    My role: HS English teacher/Elizabethville, PA
    My Twitter name: @cbethm
    My blog: http://www.chartingbythestars.wordpress.com

    • Posted May 30, 2012 at 12:44 am | Permalink

      Glad you’re joining us, Cindy!

  88. Posted May 29, 2012 at 11:37 pm | Permalink

    Name: Shauna Hamman
    Role: Next year I’ll be teaching 3rd grade (previously 5th)
    Twitter name: @shammanaj
    Blog: http://blogs.goaj.org/mrshamman/

    I’m looking forward to this! Thank you!

  89. Posted May 29, 2012 at 11:40 pm | Permalink

    Yay! Just what I needed!
    1. Audrey
    2. in between roles..may be a high school English teacher OR may be a high school library/ media specialist when we come back in August. Who knows?!
    3. twitter audreyw222 (I think?)
    4. readwriteteachlearn.blogspot.com

  90. Shawna Boll
    Posted May 29, 2012 at 11:48 pm | Permalink

    I teach 11th and 12th grade English in White Bear Lake, Minnesota. This sounds like a great plan — I’ll do my best to write something this summer!

  91. Posted May 29, 2012 at 11:49 pm | Permalink

    Hi Kate,
    I’m excited! A very observant parent of a student called me today to tell me about your writing camp. I was thrilled.
    I’m Denise Krebs
    I teach 7th-8th grade in a small school in Granville, Iowa–language arts and social studies and one science thrown in for fun.
    Twitter: @mrsdkrebs
    Blog: http://mrsdkrebs.edublogs.org

    Thanks again. Looking forward to it!
    Denise

    • Posted May 30, 2012 at 12:43 am | Permalink

      Welcome, Denise! I’m so glad your parent passed along the link!

  92. Posted May 29, 2012 at 11:52 pm | Permalink

    Thank you Kate for such an exciting (and nervous-making) opportunity!

    I am:
    Laura Phelps
    K-5 Librarian
    Phippsburg, ME.
    @elfhelps
    http://peslibrary.blogspot.com

    • Posted May 30, 2012 at 12:43 am | Permalink

      Don’t be nervous – you’re among kindred spirits & friends here.

  93. Michelle Copland
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 12:09 am | Permalink

    Thank you for this opportunity!
    Michelle Copland
    Grade 4 teacher-Westborough, MA
    Twitter name: mdcopland

    • Posted May 30, 2012 at 12:42 am | Permalink

      Glad you’re joining us, Michelle!

  94. Posted May 30, 2012 at 12:10 am | Permalink

    Kim Douillard
    multiage grades 1,2,3 Cardiff, CA
    http://www.cardiffschools.com//Domain/70
    @kd0602

  95. Posted May 30, 2012 at 12:13 am | Permalink

    1. Kim Douillard
    2. multiage grades 1,2,3 Cardiff, CA
    3. @kd0602
    4. http://www.cardiffschools.com//Domain/70

    • Posted May 30, 2012 at 12:42 am | Permalink

      Hi, Kim! Great to have you joining us!

  96. Kellie Bae
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 12:17 am | Permalink

    Kate,
    Writing Camp sounds fantastic and the perfect addition to my summer plans. Looking forward to sharpening my skills to benefit teachers, students, and myself!
    Thank you!!
    Name: Kellie
    Role: Reading Specialist
    Town: Lake Bluff, IL
    Twitter: @kellie_bae

  97. Posted May 30, 2012 at 12:29 am | Permalink

    What a great idea! I just decided to plan out a summer schedule for writing, so thanks, I’d love to join! I heard you at NESCBWI this year and you were great, and I’ve used your Real Revision book for my own inspiration and recommended it to teachers. I’m a K-5 library teacher in Wellesley, MA and have been writing a blog in the voice of my stubborn foxhound for almost three years: http://dreamsdudog.blogspot.com

    • Posted May 30, 2012 at 12:41 am | Permalink

      Thanks, Lisa! Glad to have you writing with us!

  98. Posted May 30, 2012 at 12:31 am | Permalink

    Name: Terry Turner
    Role: Currently working as a paraeducator in a self contained preschool class in Essex, CT. (Awesome job). I finished my certification for school librarianship this year (I already had my MLS) and am applying for jobs as a library media specialist, so I’m pretty sure I kind of qualify for this, right?
    Twitter: I have a name somewhere but don’t participate.
    Website: I have a blog at http://cynical-baby.blogspot.com but of course, I haven’t blogged since January, and if I had the discipline to blog more regularly I might not be needing a course like this so desperately.

    I was sent here by a post on Loree Griffin Burns’ facebook page.
    Thank you!
    Terry

    • Posted May 30, 2012 at 12:41 am | Permalink

      You absolutely qualify – welcome!

  99. Posted May 30, 2012 at 12:32 am | Permalink

    Name: Bobbi Capwell
    Role:Technology Integration Specialist at 2 PK -5 Title 1 schools
    Twitter:@BobbiC07
    Just started my blog. I am not a writer and excited to do this camp. Thanks for doing this. :)

    • Posted May 30, 2012 at 12:40 am | Permalink

      Thanks, Bobbi – and welcome! I’m excited, too!

  100. Paul W. Hankins
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 12:34 am | Permalink

    11th Grade English and AP English Language and Composition

    @PaulWHankins

    • Posted May 30, 2012 at 12:40 am | Permalink

      Happy to see you here, friend! You are already a role model for so many.

  101. Posted May 30, 2012 at 12:35 am | Permalink

    Wendy Weisel-Bosworth
    6th Grade Teacher, Encinitas, California
    wwbosworth
    bosworthsblog.blogspot.com

  102. Jan
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 12:38 am | Permalink

    Jan Jarrell
    Community College English & ESOL
    @City_jj
    No blog or web site

    Super happy that you’re doing this! Thanks!

  103. Athena Meacham
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 12:48 am | Permalink

    What a wonderful idea! Thanks for the opportunity. My name is Athena Meacham. I teach 2nd grade in Roseville, CA.

  104. Bobbie Williams
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 12:49 am | Permalink

    Name: Bobbie Williams
    Role: Retired elementary teacher
    Twitter:
    Blog:

  105. Posted May 30, 2012 at 12:50 am | Permalink

    Name: Andy Starowicz
    Role: Sixth grade language arts and social studies teacher
    Twitter: Don’t use (I hope that is okay?)
    Blog/Website: http://www.ajswrite.livejournal.com/ AND http://www.quia.com/pages/starowicz.html

    I am so excited about this opportunity. This opportunity came at the perfect timing – I am currently getting the “end of the school year” blues. THANK YOU!

    • Posted May 30, 2012 at 12:56 am | Permalink

      Hi, Andy! I’m so glad you’ll be writing with us this summer!

  106. Thomas Carroll
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 12:52 am | Permalink

    This sounds like fun! I am a Teacher Consultant for the Area 3 Writing Project. I teach 4th grade. This is my 37th year of teaching (yes, I AM old)!

  107. Donna Santman
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 12:55 am | Permalink

    What an incredible idea, Kate. I can’t wait to participate and share with every teacher I know. Thanks for the opportunity.

    Donna Santman
    Literacy Consultant / Author
    Home Base: NYC
    Work – all over USA

    • Posted May 30, 2012 at 12:55 am | Permalink

      Welcome, Donna!

    • Jennifer S.
      Posted May 30, 2012 at 3:25 am | Permalink

      Hi Donna! I believe we worked together a looooong time ago. I believe you were a consultant through Teacher’s College?

  108. Jennifer S.
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 12:58 am | Permalink

    I’m in!

    Jennifer Sisul
    Principal- Robinson Elementary, Kirkwood, Missouri
    Twitter: ok, I have no idea, I just stay logged in so I can read smart people’s wise words.

    Thanks!

    • Posted May 30, 2012 at 1:04 am | Permalink

      Happy to have you join us, Jennifer!

  109. Posted May 30, 2012 at 1:06 am | Permalink

    1. Ashley
    2. 10th grade English, 12th grade English, Journalism, Composition, and Yearbook
    3. @ashleybz
    4. No blog at the moment!

    • Posted May 30, 2012 at 1:18 am | Permalink

      Happy you’re joining us, Ashley!

  110. Terre Holland
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 1:08 am | Permalink

    Terre Holland
    Language Arts/reading (6-8)
    Florida
    Twitter: @terreholland

  111. Posted May 30, 2012 at 1:19 am | Permalink

    I’m Marquin Parks. I am a 5th grade teacher, author, and consultant with the NWP

    I would love to participate as much as possible. My writing goal for this summer is to finish my 6th chapter book and get book two ready to be published. I am willing to write and available to speak as an author.

  112. Barbara
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 1:23 am | Permalink

    Hi! I req. to join the FB group.

    I’m Barbara in real life but am also MISS BARB to bunches of munchkins in my job as a children’s librarian in a public library in North Huntingdon PA. Summer is my BUSIEST time since school is out, and I have to run my Summer Reading program, but I do submit to a local paper every few weeks and would like to start writing more, so I welcome feedback.

    • Posted May 30, 2012 at 1:25 am | Permalink

      Happy you’re joining us, Barb!

  113. Nancy Kring-Burns
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 1:25 am | Permalink

    I am a Learning Disabilities Specialist at Hollis Upper Elementary School, Hollis ,NH
    Twitter: nancy55

    This is an exciting opportunity! Thank you, Nancy

    • Posted May 30, 2012 at 1:26 am | Permalink

      I’m glad you’re joining us, Nancy – welcome!

  114. Posted May 30, 2012 at 1:28 am | Permalink

    Hi, Kate. Thanks for doing this. Because I have no sense, I’m teaching summer school, which makes me wonder how well I’ll keep up here. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. Let’s go.

    1. Gary Anderson
    2. High school English teacher
    3. Palatine, Illinois
    4. Twitter: @AndersonG
    5. My blog: http://whatsnotwrong.wordpress.com

    • Posted May 30, 2012 at 1:38 am | Permalink

      The great thing about virtual writing camp is that you can show up when you can show up. Open 24-hours. That sort of thing. Glad you’re joining us!

  115. Kathleen Gillis
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 1:37 am | Permalink

    I currently teach 5th grade ELA at Monument Valley Middle School in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. I’m @gilkatgil on twitter and blog at http://kathgillis.wordpress.com/ (Gillis and Her Big Mouth). I’m excited to do this, although my summer vacation doesn’t begin until June 20th!

    • Posted May 30, 2012 at 1:37 am | Permalink

      It’s fine if you join us later on – no worries!

  116. KristyDempsey
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 1:42 am | Permalink

    Yay! I’ll be involved (in and out because of travels) as much as possible.

    Kristy Dempsey
    Librarian
    Preschool – 12th grade
    American School of Belo Horizonte
    Twitter:@kristydempsey

  117. Posted May 30, 2012 at 1:52 am | Permalink

    Thanks so much for this opportunity to learn with other teachers and authors!

    1. Tracy Cress
    2. 7th grade ELA / Near Charlotte, NC
    3. Twitter name is @tcressteacher
    4. My blog is http://4blocksaday.blogspot.com

    I’m so looking forward to #Teacherswrite!

  118. Joy Olenick
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 1:54 am | Permalink

    Yay! This sounds like fun!

    Joy Olenick
    6th Grade Literacy Coach
    Council Bluffs, IA
    Twitter: @JoyOlenick

  119. Pam Horton
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 1:55 am | Permalink

    I’m excited about this!! I’m a K-2 Literacy Coordinator and Coach. I am co-teaching in a Kindergarten next year and can’t wait! I work in Apalachin, New York.
    Twitter— @Pamhrtn

  120. Posted May 30, 2012 at 1:58 am | Permalink

    Hi Kate!
    Scrolling through all of the participants, I can now see why you are feeling a little overwhelmed! Thank you for offering and coordinating this amazing opportunity.
    My name is Kristin Bispels. I work at an elementary school in northern Chester County, PA. I am a Reading Specialist and teach kids from K-6th grade. On twitter, I am @KristinBispels .
    My life as a writer began in the late 1970s when my 3rd grade teacher published my poem on purple ditto paper. (I still have it- is that dorky or creepy?) I aspire to be like her- a spark of inspiration to my students. I’m so excited! :)

    • Posted May 30, 2012 at 10:36 am | Permalink

      I’m overwhelmed in the very best possible way – no worries. We’ll find a way to make this work with however many teachers & librarians want to sign up. I’m excited you’re joining us!

  121. Sharon Leerar
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 2:06 am | Permalink

    Excited about the possibilities!
    Sharon Leerar
    Gifted instructor/coordinator, grades 3-8
    Hudsonville Christian School, Hudsonville, MI
    @sharonlynnl

  122. Posted May 30, 2012 at 2:06 am | Permalink

    Hi, Kate! This sounds fantastic. I’m busily trying to finish a novel this summer, and this sounds like a great place to hang out.

    Name: Kate Armstrong
    What I Teach: 8th and 11th grade English and 11/12th grade Creative Writing (in Rockville, MD)
    Twitter Name: @katejermain
    Blog: http://missadventureporting.blogspot.com

    Looking forward to it!

    • Posted May 30, 2012 at 10:35 am | Permalink

      Welcome, Kate! Happy you’ll be writing with us this summer!

  123. Heather Shaner
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 2:10 am | Permalink

    I am a fourth grade teacher & have been for 13 years. I keep joking that I am going to write a book with all the funny & unusual things that have happened, esp. this year. On twitter I am hshaner. I look forward to participating!

    • Posted May 30, 2012 at 10:35 am | Permalink

      I’m glad you’re joining us, Heather!

  124. Rachel Harcrow
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 2:19 am | Permalink

    I can’t wait to write and share! Thank you, Kate.

    Rachel Harcrow
    Language Arts teacher grades 6-12
    from Yuma, Arizona
    @missharc

  125. Posted May 30, 2012 at 2:32 am | Permalink

    Thanks for doing this, Kate!

    Adam Shaffer
    5th grade teacher
    Bellingham, WA
    @MrShafferTMCE
    http://guysread.wordpress.com

    Did you anticipate this response? Wow! You are admired and respected by many, Kate!

    • Posted May 30, 2012 at 10:35 am | Permalink

      Happy to see you here, Adam! (And umm….no…I didn’t anticipate this response and am blown away & overwhelmed but excited. We will find a way to make this work with however many teachers/librarians want to join us, though. I think it’s great!)

  126. Katie Wheeler
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 2:56 am | Permalink

    Katie Wheeler
    Junior High English and Theatre
    Cheyenne, Wy
    @kwhee27

    I love this idea! Thank you so much!

  127. Beth Buchholz
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 2:57 am | Permalink

    Beth Buchholz
    5th grade teacher
    Palos Verdes, CA

    • Posted May 30, 2012 at 10:33 am | Permalink

      Happy you’re writing with us this summer, Beth!

  128. Rachael
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 3:01 am | Permalink

    Rachael Chapulis
    9-12 Special Education Reading & English
    Fort Wayne, IN
    No Twitter
    teacher blog: http://chapulis.blogspot.com
    other blog: http://glutenfreefortwayne.blogspot.com

    • Posted May 30, 2012 at 10:33 am | Permalink

      So glad you’re joining us, Rachael!

  129. Posted May 30, 2012 at 3:08 am | Permalink

    I have been a kinder teacher for 5 years, but am moving to 2nd in the fll. Excited, but a little scared.

  130. Posted May 30, 2012 at 3:08 am | Permalink

    Steve Slates
    Reading Specialist
    k-6
    Wheaton, Illinois
    http://www.thewritershook.blogspot.com

  131. kristel nichols
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 3:09 am | Permalink

    I am excited to join this summer experience. I will be on vacation a lot of the summer but look forward to participating when I can.

    Kristel Nichols
    4th grade

  132. Posted May 30, 2012 at 3:10 am | Permalink

    Sorry forgot to say I’m in Round Rock, TX, outside of Austin.

  133. Theresa Ahmad
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 3:10 am | Permalink

    Theresa Ahmad
    3rd grade in Cerritos, CA
    No twitter or website

    Looking forward to rediscovering the joy of writing and improving my writing instruction!

  134. Maria Coble
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 3:11 am | Permalink

    1) Maria Coble
    2) I will graduate May 4, 2013 with a degree to teach English to 7th-12th grade students.

    • Posted May 30, 2012 at 10:32 am | Permalink

      Welcome, Maria! And congratulations on your upcoming graduation – I think it’s fantastic you’re joining us now.

  135. Posted May 30, 2012 at 3:13 am | Permalink

    What a great idea and what a great opportunity. I’m in!
    Melanie Meehan
    Special Education teacher in suburban CT
    On Twitter @melaniemeehan1
    Blog at http://www.tworeflectiveteachers.blogspot.com

    • Posted May 30, 2012 at 10:32 am | Permalink

      Hi, Melanie! Happy to see you here!

  136. Posted May 30, 2012 at 3:14 am | Permalink

    Wow, this is already an amazing group! Thanks Kate, and Jen, for doing. My summer is looking good and now this is also just fun to think about. I am a literacy coach, former longtime middle school ungraded class – independent school in Denver, CO. I’ve always written with my students, but can also always improve my writing, & I’d love support in inspiring the teachers with whom I work to write too! @LBaie

    • Posted May 30, 2012 at 10:47 am | Permalink

      I think it’s an amazing group, too -thanks, Linda! Can’t wait to get started!

  137. Amy Ball
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 3:18 am | Permalink

    Amy Ball
    4th grade ELA teacher in Texas.
    I don’t have Twitter or a blog yet, but plan on joining the Facebook group.
    Thank you for this wonderful opportunity!

  138. Ellen Pattison
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 3:19 am | Permalink

    5-8 language arts/reading teacher
    Lake City, Florida
    no twitter, but I do have Facebook where I signed up!

    • Posted May 30, 2012 at 10:31 am | Permalink

      Welcome,Ellen! Happy you’re joining us!

  139. Cheree Holmes
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 3:19 am | Permalink

    I am really excited about this opportunity to work with you and other Writing teachers! My name is Cheree Holmes; I teach 8th grade Language Arts in Jonesboro, GA.

  140. laurie
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 3:25 am | Permalink

    1. Laurie Dean
    2. 1st grade teacher, Allen, Texas

  141. Posted May 30, 2012 at 3:33 am | Permalink

    Dont have a blog site as of yet. Will work on getting one.

  142. Posted May 30, 2012 at 3:34 am | Permalink

    Literacy specialist 4th and 5th

  143. Leanna Morton
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 3:37 am | Permalink

    Leanna Morton
    First grade teacher
    Basin, Wyoming

    No twitter or blog, but I did request to join the Facebook group.

  144. Magen Slesinger
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 3:38 am | Permalink

    Magen Slesinger
    Elementary School Music Teacher (K-5)
    No twitter or website yet, but I’ll find you on facebook.
    I’m excited about this opportunity to practice… thank you for providing!

  145. Posted May 30, 2012 at 3:39 am | Permalink

    Fun! *saysthereadernotthewriterbutheygonnatry*

    Teacher librarian at a K-5 school in TX (GO SPURS GO!)
    @senoritao
    http://www.msoreadsbooks.com

    Hoping to get some of our staff to participate with me before your fall visit!

  146. Kristi Cannon
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 3:44 am | Permalink

    Nine years teaching sixth grade Language Arts. Would love to join. I tried on Facebook and it wouldn’t let me :(

    • Posted May 30, 2012 at 10:42 am | Permalink

      Welcome, Kristi! FB group memberships go to me for approval, and I’m just catching up this morning. (So much happens on the Internet while you’re asleep!)

  147. Posted May 30, 2012 at 3:48 am | Permalink

    Melanie Cameron
    Director of a small K12 Private School – I also teach a novel writing class each year (NaNoWriMo)
    Twitter – hawaiiala
    Laie, Hawaii

    • Posted May 30, 2012 at 10:42 am | Permalink

      Welcome, Melanie! We’re happy to have you join us!

  148. Posted May 30, 2012 at 3:59 am | Permalink

    Thanks for doing this!
    Eric Carlson
    5th Grade
    Buffalo, MN
    buffalo_teacher
    ericgcarlson.wordpress.com

  149. Cassidy Zumwalt
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 3:59 am | Permalink

    Cassidy Zumwalt
    5th grade Language Arts
    No twitter or blog

  150. Kristen Dixie
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 4:01 am | Permalink

    Hola!

    I’m a high school English teacher originally from Canada but now working in Mexico City.

    I teach grades 9, 11 and sometimes 12; next year’s courses are still in flux.

    I can be found on Twitter under the handle @df_dixie.

  151. Jennifer Fountain
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 4:04 am | Permalink

    1. Jennifer Fountain
    2. 8th and 9th grade Reading+English/Language arts in Passdena, TX
    3. @jennann516
    4. http://fountainreflections.wordpress.com

    • Posted May 30, 2012 at 10:41 am | Permalink

      Hi, Jennifer! So happy to see you here!

  152. Posted May 30, 2012 at 4:05 am | Permalink

    5th grade teacher
    Currently in Milan, Italy but moving to Amsterdam in August

  153. Ann Yenne
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 4:06 am | Permalink

    Ann Yenne
    Literacy Resource Teacher
    Colorado Springs, Colorado
    @yenneam
    No blog yet, but I’ve been thinking of starting one. This might just be what I need to get moving.

  154. Virginia Pratt
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 4:07 am | Permalink

    ELA teacher for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade gifted/talented students
    Red Cedar Elementary School, Bluffton, SC
    Twitter: virginiagp

  155. Posted May 30, 2012 at 4:11 am | Permalink

    I teach sixth graders in Ashburn, VA. I am an English teacher. Thanks for this cool opportunity! I included my blog, even though it’s not focused on education. Oh and at twitter, I’m @Mhaseltine .

    Thanks again!

    • Posted May 30, 2012 at 10:40 am | Permalink

      Hi, Michelle! Happy you’re joining us!

  156. Posted May 30, 2012 at 4:12 am | Permalink

    I saw this shared on facebook and was so excited. I hope I am one of those that can qualify to participate in this summer activity.
    I have a literacy/music program for early learners 3mos – 5yrs. I implement my program in ece centers in Atlanta, Ga. (I only started writing this January and have never taken a writing class. I only know I want/have to write).
    Twitter: @MyLMNOP
    blog: http://mylmnopreadstokids.blogspot.com

    • Posted May 30, 2012 at 10:40 am | Permalink

      You totally qualify, and we’re happy to have you. Welcome!

  157. Arpi
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 4:18 am | Permalink

    1. Arpi Greco
    2. Grade 4/5 teacher
    3. @arpigreco
    4. Website in the near future…

    This is very exciting!

  158. Jen Green
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 4:23 am | Permalink

    4th Grade Teacher
    Huntington Beach, CA
    @GreenTeach08

    Thanks for doing this! I’m writing my first novel. Snippets of many exist.

    • Posted May 30, 2012 at 10:39 am | Permalink

      Welcome, Jen! I’m glad you’re joining us!

  159. Miranda Kuykendall
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 4:25 am | Permalink

    Hi! I’m Miranda Kuykendall, and I teach 8th-10th grade ELA and composition at Spartanburg Christian Academy in SC. I tweet at @m_kuykendall . My professional blog is http://mkuykendall.blogspot.com, and my personal/writing blog is http://etchedroots.wordpress.com . Thank you for doing this, Kate!

  160. Dawn Fulton
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 4:28 am | Permalink

    I teach fourth grade in Manhattan Beach, California.
    I will also be leading professional development for Head Start teachers and paraprofessionals during the 2012-13 school year.

    • Posted May 30, 2012 at 10:38 am | Permalink

      Welcome, Dawn! I’m glad you’re joining us!

  161. christi hadley
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 4:33 am | Permalink

    I teach fourth grade in Concord,CA.
    No Twitter or blog. I am excited to hear from middle school and high school teachers, as I feel like elementary is trying so hard to set a strong foundation in writing, but not getting too far…

  162. Posted May 30, 2012 at 4:42 am | Permalink

    Things I am hopeful for this summer: my entry into the world of Twitter; the start up of a new blog (or two) so that my blogs can be purposeful, rather than a jumbled all-in-one of my entire life, as is; the opportunity to connect with other writers so that I can grow as a writer, and a teacher of writing! Yippee! So excited! Thanks for arranging the opportunity! :)

    Name: jen baumgarten
    Blog: http://www.jenbaum-laughoftenlovemuch.blogspot.com
    Twitter: see above – hopefully soon to come!
    Role: Learning Specialist (aka – I specialize in Reading Intervention, but oversee all intervention programs in my building, and I do some coaching)

    I think I have covered my bases… I hope! :)

    • Posted May 30, 2012 at 10:29 am | Permalink

      Happy to have you writing with us, Jen!

  163. Jayne Roozeboom
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 4:44 am | Permalink

    This sounds like a lot of fun! Our professional development this fall will be focused on writing so I am super excited about doing this to gear up for it.

    • Jayne Roozeboom
      Posted May 30, 2012 at 4:45 am | Permalink

      SO excited I forgot to leave my info…:-)

      5th grade teacher; Twin Cedars Elementary, Bussey, Iowa

  164. Carol
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 5:04 am | Permalink

    This should be fun!
    I teach 6th grade self contained classroom in Santa Rosa, California.

    • Posted May 30, 2012 at 10:29 am | Permalink

      Happy to have you join us, Carol!

  165. Posted May 30, 2012 at 5:05 am | Permalink

    Can’t wait to write with a group of energetic teachers!

    • Posted May 30, 2012 at 10:29 am | Permalink

      Welcome, Kathy! We’re happy you’re here!

  166. Sandy B
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 5:05 am | Permalink

    Sandy B
    Literacy coach, K-5, Oakland, CA
    Library media specialist
    Book lover, wannabe writer (so I can write with my teachers and students)

    • Posted May 30, 2012 at 10:28 am | Permalink

      That is a great reason to be a wannabe writer (also, it’s really fun!) Welcome!

  167. Posted May 30, 2012 at 5:45 am | Permalink

    What fun! Thank you!

    Deborah Bright
    Upper School English Teacher
    Community School of Naples
    Naples, FL
    Blog: spritecsn10.edublogs.org
    @sprite1961

    • Posted May 30, 2012 at 10:28 am | Permalink

      Hi, Deborah! My parents live in Naples part of the year – I think I’ve driven by your school on a visit!

  168. Posted May 30, 2012 at 7:10 am | Permalink

    1. Carol Anne Wall
    2. Adjunct professor of business and technical writing
    3. Twin Cities, Minnesota
    4. Twitter: @EmDashProf
    5. http://www.emdashprof.com — but I haven’t posted there in a while, I’ve been busy grading and doing course re-design.

  169. Maureen Laughead
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 9:01 am | Permalink

    5th grade teacher
    Penn Valley Elementary
    Twitter@Smitee

  170. Posted May 30, 2012 at 9:21 am | Permalink

    I am a literacy specialist in a K-3 building during the day and a teacher of grad students at after school and in the summer.
    Stormville, NY (about an hour north of NYC)
    https://twitter.com/#!/Anitaferreri

    This is a great idea. Thank you for hosting it!

  171. Posted May 30, 2012 at 9:29 am | Permalink

    Blog:
    http://firstonefootthentheother.blogspot.com/

    Hi, Wanda Brown here. I am a first grade teacher in Bath, Maine. I partipate in Slice of Life each March. This sound like a great summer adventure. I see names of fellow slicers.

  172. Cheri Hart
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 9:30 am | Permalink

    Wow, I’m so excited for this opportunity! Thanks for offering!
    Registration info:
    Cheri Hart
    Currently 5th grade but may change at the end of the is year
    No Twitter account
    No blog but it’s a goal!

  173. Jessie Trotter
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 9:37 am | Permalink

    Jessie
    5/6 all subjects
    Kentucky
    Twitter name JessieTrotter
    Website at my school. http://flaherty.ky.mce.schoolinsites.com/?PageName=TeacherPage&Page=4&StaffID=82847&iSection=Teachers&CorrespondingID=82847

    • Posted May 30, 2012 at 10:26 am | Permalink

      Hi, Jessie! Great to see you here!

  174. Posted May 30, 2012 at 9:42 am | Permalink

    1)Erik Wittmer
    2) 5th Grade Teacher
    3) Hanover, PA
    4) @ewitt43
    5) http://blog.swsd.k12.pa.us/bookman/

    • Posted May 30, 2012 at 10:26 am | Permalink

      Hi, Erik! Great to see you here!

  175. Posted May 30, 2012 at 9:47 am | Permalink

    Twitter is @glennmccarty

    I teach HS ELA near Rochester, NY. Project this summer is massively revising my middle grade adventure manuscript which was “finished” this spring. Ha. I was naive enough to think it was done then. Foolish mortal.

    • Posted May 30, 2012 at 10:26 am | Permalink

      Welcome, Glenn! I’m in Rochester most years for the children’s book festival & my husband grew up there!

  176. Posted May 30, 2012 at 9:49 am | Permalink

    Hi! I’m LeeAnn, 6-8 Instructional Coach in Michigan. Twitter name is @heyleeann and my blogs are: http://www.allthingspreteen.blogspot.com (school stuff) and http://www.compoundtales.blogspot.com (mom stuff.)

    You have so many participants, I’m a bit intimidated!

    • Posted May 30, 2012 at 10:25 am | Permalink

      Don’t be intimidated – we’re all kindred spirits and learning together. Welcome!

  177. Karen Haddas
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 10:06 am | Permalink

    Karen Haddas
    5th Grade
    Ann Arbor, Michigan

  178. Posted May 30, 2012 at 10:08 am | Permalink

    I was planning on working on my writing this summer and then found this! It’s meant to be.
    Thank you!

    • Posted May 30, 2012 at 10:09 am | Permalink

      Forgot to mention I teach 3rd grade in Alachua, Florida!

    • Posted May 30, 2012 at 10:25 am | Permalink

      Welcome, Deb! Great to have you!

  179. Posted May 30, 2012 at 10:21 am | Permalink

    I just bought Real Revision and it’s in my summer reading pile!
    Kim Oldenburgh
    Grade 2, College Seminar Instructor for Student Interns, Maine Writing Project Teaching Consultant
    Orono, Maine

    • Posted May 30, 2012 at 10:24 am | Permalink

      Hi, Kim! We’re going to talk about revision this summer, too, so that’s great!

  180. Gail Stevens
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 10:24 am | Permalink

    Gail Stevens
    7th grade language arts teacher
    Wake County Public Schools, Raleigh, NC
    @jerseygirl_1021

    Hi Kate,
    Very excited to be a part of this endeavor! I will be busy this summer writing curriculum for the county (implementing CCSS into 7th grade language arts), but hope to find the time for some personal writing.
    Thanks!

  181. Kathy Heath
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 10:25 am | Permalink

    1st grade in Dallas , Tx
    Twitter: @snoopie62

  182. Rachel Wahlquist
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 10:26 am | Permalink

    Rachel Wahlquist
    4th grade homeroom teacher
    Not on Twitter (yet)
    No blog (yet)

    Looking forward to doing this!

  183. Rachel Wahlquist
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 10:27 am | Permalink

    Rachel Wahlquist
    4th grade homeroom teacher
    Berlin Brandenburg International School
    Berlin, Germany
    Not on Twitter (yet)
    No blog (yet)

    Looking forward to doing this!

    • Posted May 30, 2012 at 10:37 am | Permalink

      Happy you’re joining us, Rachel!

  184. Posted May 30, 2012 at 10:28 am | Permalink

    I teach 2nd grade in Fairfield, Iowa.
    Twitter: @cartersh
    Blog: http://www.cartersecondgrade.blogspot.com

    I’m so happy I stumbled across this somehow! I love writing and am excited to participate. Thanks so much!

  185. Kristen Marchese
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 10:38 am | Permalink

    Kristen Marchese
    5th Grade Teacher
    Fair Haven, NJ

    Thank you! :)

    • Posted May 30, 2012 at 10:43 am | Permalink

      I’m glad you’re joining us, Kristen!

  186. Martha Turnrer
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 11:07 am | Permalink

    Martha Turner
    9th and 10th grade English teacher
    Mankato, Minnesota
    @mydogradley

  187. Brandie T
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 11:12 am | Permalink

    Greetings!

    I am Brandie T. I teach high school English (Lit, Comp, Poetry, and dual credit English 100) in rural Kentucky, and I serve as a leader for the National Writing Project.

    I am excited to work with this community of writers! Thank yor for the support and encouragement!

  188. Tracey Pinch
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 11:20 am | Permalink

    Tracey Pinch (so excited to join!!)
    7th grade Language Arts
    Sherman Middle School
    Holly, MI
    Not a twitterer
    Web page in process

    • Posted May 30, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

      Welcome, Tracey – happy to have you with us!

  189. Posted May 30, 2012 at 11:21 am | Permalink

    I teach 2nd in Ft Myers, FL

    I love writing and can’t wait to participate this summer!

    • Posted May 30, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

      Welcome, Sandy! I know your part of the world well – visit my mom & dad on the Gulf Coast most Aprils!

  190. JaNhea Stephens
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 11:23 am | Permalink

    JaNhea Stephens
    Captain of the Grammar Police
    Ft. Myers, Florida

    Language Arts Instructor – 8th Grade
    Drama Instructor – 6th, 7th, 8th Grades

    My students helped me come up with a brilliant idea for a young adult novel. I am hoping to spend this summer writing it, and being part of this group may help me keep my focus.

    • Posted May 30, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

      Welcome, JaNhea! I spend some time in your part of the world most Aprils – my mom & dad live in Naples part of the year.

  191. Pam Taylor
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 11:28 am | Permalink

    Thanks for offering this! I’ll be a pop in writer, but I will try to get on fairly frequently!

    Pam Taylor
    Full Day Kindergarten
    Brampton, ON, Canada
    Twitter: @spammela22

    • Posted May 30, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Permalink

      Whenever you can join us is great – welcome!

  192. Posted May 30, 2012 at 11:28 am | Permalink

    What a fantastic idea – just as I was resolving that would be my focus for the summer!

    Bev Baird
    Grade 3 teacher (altho next year will be 2/3)
    Ontario, Canada
    http://bunnysgirl.blogspot.com
    (not on twitter)

  193. Stephanie Morgan
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 11:39 am | Permalink

    sitwittwit@twitter
    First grade teacher turned Instructional Coach turned Freelance Writer turning right back around to teaching 3rd and 4th graders in the writing lab in 2012-2013. Couldn’t be more excited!

    Thank your loads and loads for this opportunity!

  194. Corryn Morris-Fisco
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 11:41 am | Permalink

    Hi. I am a special education teacher. I teach 3-5 grade at a children’s hospital in New York.

  195. Posted May 30, 2012 at 11:43 am | Permalink

    Kristina Paustian
    Third Grade Teacher
    Twitter: Kristina Paustian @ PaustianT
    http://paustt.blogspot.com/

    This will be my summer challenge…

    • Posted May 30, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

      It’s a summer challenge for all of us – welcome!

  196. Lindsey Defauwld
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 11:52 am | Permalink

    I’m excited to join in the merriment and fun. Can’t wait to learn something new this summer. I teach 5th grade in Waterford MI. I have a twitter account, but never posted anything on it and don’t know the name. I don’t have a blog, yet. Maybe I will be inspired to try something else new.

  197. Corryn Morris-Fisco
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 11:53 am | Permalink

    Hi. I am a special education teacher. I teacher 3-5 grades at a children’s hospital in New York.

  198. Tracey Nelson
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 11:56 am | Permalink

    I am Tracey Nelson, and a 7th grade Language Arts teacher in Hot Springs, Arkansas. I am currently not on Twitter.
    I implemented Kate’s Revision book last year in my classroom with great success!

    • Posted May 30, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Permalink

      Hi, Tracey! Thanks for the kind words about REAL REVISION – so glad it was helpful!

  199. Posted May 30, 2012 at 11:58 am | Permalink

    1. Anne Rochford
    2. Literacy teaching and learning coach, Victoria, Australia
    3. @thelitladies
    4.http://thelitladies.edublogs.org/

  200. Posted May 30, 2012 at 11:59 am | Permalink

    Writing Instructor in Charlotte, NC

    • Posted May 30, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Permalink

      Welcome, Sarah! Glad you’re joining us!

  201. Anne Marshall
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

    Anne Marshall
    6,7,8 English teacher; Tempe AZ
    @anneinaz

    Can’t wait!

  202. Corrina Hotra
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Permalink

    7th English
    Windsor, CO

  203. Jennifer Hastings
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Permalink

    Jennifer Hastings
    6-8 Literacy Coach
    Dalton, GA

    • Posted May 30, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

      Welcome,Jennifer! Happy to have you with us!

  204. Posted May 30, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Permalink

    I finally scrolled all the way down. So many people, so exciting adventure. Way to tap into such a powerful group, teachers wielding their writing skills once the students leave….

    1. Kenny Yim
    2. High school teacher
    3.@kensuiyim
    4. Theseagullswings.blogspot.com

  205. Kelsey Moak
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Permalink

    High School Library Media Specialist
    Guilderland, NY
    @GHSLibrarian
    https://sites.google.com/site/missmoakslibrarypage/
    http://kmoak.wordpress.com/

    This looks like fun!

    • Posted May 30, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Permalink

      Hi, Kelsey! We’re kind of neighbors – I live just south of Plattsburgh!

  206. Glennda Shealey
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Permalink

    Glennda Shealey
    3rd grade teacher
    @GlenndaShealey

  207. Posted May 30, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

    1. TSJ
    2. Middle School, Special Education Language Arts Teacher, Cranford, NJ
    3. No Twitter account :-)
    4. I LOVE writing and am excited to join the group!

  208. Sarah Murray
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Permalink

    This is great!

    7th grade Language Arts
    Sterling, VA

    • Posted May 30, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Permalink

      Hi, Sarah! Glad you’re joining us!

  209. Mallory Strittmatter
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Permalink

    10th grade English

  210. Bernadette Vitale
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

    Yay! Summer camp for teachers that sounds like fun!
    Bernadette Vitale
    4th Grade Language Arts teacher, Ocean Springs, MS
    @bernrice (don’t do much with this though)
    haven’t figured out the blog thing yet

    Thank you for doing this!

  211. Monica McCormack
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

    1. Monica McCormack
    2. Gifted Resource Teacher; located in Fussa, Japan (at a US Air Base)
    3. N/A
    4. N/A

    Can’t wait to see what we learn!

  212. Gemma Smith
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Permalink

    2nd grade teacher
    @smith_gems

    Looking forward to helpful tips to teach writing…

  213. Lucy Canfield
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Permalink

    Hi! I’m a 5th grade teacher at West Hill School in Rocky Hill, CT. And this school year will be the completion of my 34th year in Rocky Hill! I can’t quite believe it! I only wish that all the opportunities, such as this writing camp, that technology has to offer was around 34 years ago. New teachers are very lucky.

    I am very excited to have this chance to write and learn. Looking forward to it!
    Lucy

    • Posted May 30, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Permalink

      Welcome,Lucy! We’re happy to have you with us!

  214. Posted May 30, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

    Please sign me up for the Writer’s camp! I am a high school librarian and former English teacher. I was one of the first district trainer’s for the New Jersey Writing Project in Texas. I miss time to write!

    My twitter name is dlpierce2.
    thanks!

  215. Brett Lynn Spencer
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

    This sounds like fun! Thank you!

  216. Brett Lynn Spencer
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Permalink

    6th grade reading
    Haysville, Kansas

    This sounds like fun! Thank you!

  217. Tonya Stivers
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Permalink

    Tonya Stivers
    7th grade English/Language Arts
    Oldham County Middle School
    Don’t twitter
    Website being rebuilt

    Very excited about this opportunity. I will be unable to attend the first full week, but can start up on the 10th.

    • Posted May 30, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Permalink

      Welcome, Tonya! Just join us when you can – we’ll keep your lemonade cold.

  218. Megan Van Loon
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

    1. Megan Van Loon
    2. 7th Grade LA/LIT Teacher, Arlington Heights, IL until June 6th then transitioning out to Seattle, WA.

    I can’t wait to start this as my summer project!

  219. Terri Stauffer
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Permalink

    1. Terri Stauffer
    2. 6th grade language arts and 8th grade reading teacher
    3. East Clinton Middle School, Lees Creek, Ohio
    4. @terristauffer
    5. No blog. I love reading other blogs.
    I can’t wait to learn more for everyone.

  220. Terri Stauffer
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

    I can’t wait to learn more FROM everyone! LOL

  221. Wendy Fairon
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for this opportunity!

    Wendy Fairon
    Chico Country Day School in northern California
    7th and 8th grade English
    @wfairon

  222. Posted May 30, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Permalink

    Hooray! This sounds like the perfect summer writing plan! :)

    Laura Komos
    1st grade teacher
    Lake in the Hills, Illinois
    @Komos72
    http://ourcampreadalot.blogspot.com/

    • Posted May 30, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Permalink

      Welcome, Laura – glad you’re joining us!

  223. Pamela Smith
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Permalink

    8th Grade ELA
    Not on Twitter

  224. Gloria Dahle
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Permalink

    My assignment was changed from 8th grade Spanish to 5th grade ELA! This will be a huge help to get me ready for teaching writing this fall.
    Boone Middle School
    5h Grade ELA and Social Studies
    I don’t twitter or blog (yet).

  225. Melissa Ackerman
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Permalink

    Hurray!
    Melissa Ackerman
    middle school English Language Arts, Spreckels, CA

    • Posted May 30, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Permalink

      Welcome, Melissa! So glad you’re joining us!

  226. Posted May 30, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Permalink

    Maya Woodall
    6th Grade Language Arts
    @mayawoodall (I follow, but I don’t tweet much. Limiting myself to so few characters is tough)
    http://meanderingmaya.blogspot.com/

  227. Sabrina R
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Permalink

    1. Sabrina
    2. 6th Grade Special Ed/Oconomowoc, WI
    3. No Twitter :(

  228. Susan McGilvray
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Permalink

    Susan 7th grade ELA
    Hamilton, Virginia
    Twitter name: sfm00sfm
    I’m so excited about this opportunity. THank you! (I’m in London from June 21-July 12 but I may be able to check in there.)
    :)

    • Posted May 30, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Permalink

      Welcome, Susan – and no worries at all if you need to miss a week or two. Most of our summers are like that, I think.

  229. Posted May 30, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Permalink

    1. Gerard Sukhram
    2. Still in school, getting my masters in teaching! :)
    3. Well, I go to the University of South Florida.
    4. @GerardSukhram
    5. gerardwrites.wordpress.com though I haven’t used it much yet.

    This sounds awesome! Thanks for doing this :D

  230. Posted May 30, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

    Love Twitter! @meg_allison and I also manage @MoretownSchool

    I am the library teacher and technology integration specialist. Looking to make a new blog for reflection and resource sharing. The one listed is one I use to blog with my students.

    *See* you on Skype next week :-)

    Cheers,
    Meg

    • Posted May 30, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Permalink

      Hi, Meg! So happy you’ll be writing with us this summer!

  231. Samantha Parker
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

    Can’t wait!

    6-8 Language Arts and Reading Teacher
    7th Grade Religion
    Green Bay, WI

    @Mrs_Parker202

  232. gaparker
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Permalink

    Kate,
    I am so excited you are hosting this summer camp! I have heard you speak at several conferences and my own girls love your books.
    Georgia Parker
    English 8 Teacher @ Trinity Prep School
    Winter Park, Florida
    https://twitter.com/#!/gksparker

    • Posted May 30, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

      Thanks, Georgia! Happy to have you writing with us this summer!

  233. Danae Stromberg
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Permalink

    1st grade Spanish immersion teacher
    New Britain, CT

  234. Glenda Funk
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Permalink

    Thanks so much for doing this. I need an outside motivator.
    Glenda Funk
    English and speech teacher: 9-12; Early College Program
    @gmfunk
    http://www.evolvingenglishteacher.blogspot.com

  235. Posted May 30, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Permalink

    I’m in! And just so you know, Kate, this is one more reason why you’re my hero. ;)

    My info:
    Ruth Ayres
    K-12 Writing Coach
    @ruth_ayres
    http://ruthayreswrites.blogspot.com; http://twowritingteachers.wordpress.com

    • Posted May 30, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

      Aw, thank you – and know that the respect is mutual. So glad you’ll be writing with us!

  236. Teresa Bunner
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Permalink

    Kate- You rock! Thanks so much to you and all the other authors for givng so generously of your time!

    1. Teresa Bunner
    2. Academic Support Specialist (and 20yr veteran classroom teacher). I will actually be hosting a 4 day writing camp in July for our high schoolers!
    3. @rdngteach
    4. Uh, yeah, my blog. Think I’ll wait to share that until I start doing some writing. It has cobwebs!

    Can’t wait!!!

    • Posted May 30, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Permalink

      Hurray! Happy you’ll be writing with us!

  237. Posted May 30, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Permalink

    I am a retired elementary school teacher and worked in our district’s curriculum office. Currently I am living in Iowa and volunteer in an area elementary school.

    • Posted May 30, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Permalink

      Happy to have you join us, Barbara!

  238. Katheryn Hans
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Permalink

    High School English Teacher
    South Riding, Va
    twitter name @vonegt

  239. Beth Friese
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Permalink

    Beth Friese
    My “role” is in flux right now. I’m a Library Media Specialist who is about to finish her PhD. Looking for a place to land!
    I’m @librarybeth on twitter.
    Looking forward to being a part of this community!

    • Posted May 30, 2012 at 7:01 pm | Permalink

      We’re happy to have you joining us, Beth!

  240. Nancy Kampfe
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Permalink

    Nancy Kampfe
    Retired English teacher with 30 years experience, most recently taught ninth graders.
    I live in South Dakota and substitute teach regularly.
    http://twitter.com/2LateKid

    What a wonderful opportunity this is for me to get back to daily writing! Thank you, Kate.

  241. Mary Meihaus
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Permalink

    So…I was sitting here planning how to start a writers group of teachers in our school district and wondering if I would get any responses and WHAM! This invitation falls in my lap. Some things are just meant to be. Thank you, Kate, for hosting this!
    Mary Meihaus
    K-5 Library Media Specialist
    Kirkwood School District
    St. Louis, Mo.
    No tweet, no blog, no website

    • Posted May 30, 2012 at 7:00 pm | Permalink

      Perfect! Thanks, Mary – and welcome!

  242. Tracey Shuckhart
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 6:04 pm | Permalink

    Tracey Shuckhart
    Fourth Grade-
    Rock Hill, SC

    @TraceyShuckhart

    Blog- http://msshuckhartsclassroomblog.blogspot.com/

  243. Susan Spengeman
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Permalink

    Susan Spengeman

    I teach AP Literature, 10 Honors, Introduction to Journalism, and Newspaper in Loudoun County. Ever since attending the Northern Virginia Writing Project, I always say I’m going to start writing again, but something always gets in the way. This sounds perfect to help motivate me to write this summer.

  244. Tara Little
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 6:24 pm | Permalink

    Tara Little
    4th grade teacher
    @little657

    • Posted May 30, 2012 at 6:59 pm | Permalink

      Welcome, Tara – glad you’re joining us!

  245. Carol Ann Osler
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 6:46 pm | Permalink

    Carol Ann Osler
    I teach little ones in Head Start.
    Salt Lake City, Ut.
    I am so excited.

  246. Arwyn Sherman
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 7:01 pm | Permalink

    Hello! I am a student teacher. Is it possible for me to do this or is it just for full time teachers?

    • Posted May 30, 2012 at 8:55 pm | Permalink

      You are absolutely welcome to join us, Arwyn!

  247. Colleen Milligan
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 7:02 pm | Permalink

    What a great opportunity! Thanks for arranging it! Here’s my information:
    1. Colleen Milligan
    2. 6th/7th Grade Language Arts teacher
    3. Have Twitter acct., but can’t find it..arrghhh!
    4. Have blog, but have neglected it….as you can see…I need this!

  248. Beverly Vyule
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 7:13 pm | Permalink

    Beverly Vyule
    1st grade teacher
    Sounds awesome…can’t wait!

    • Posted May 30, 2012 at 8:55 pm | Permalink

      Happy to have you join us, Beverly!

  249. Posted May 30, 2012 at 7:27 pm | Permalink

    1.Cynthia
    2. 9th grade Regular and Honors Comm Arts in Overland Park, KS.
    3.@Cyo1369
    4.www.cyo1369.blogspot.com

  250. Posted May 30, 2012 at 7:46 pm | Permalink

    Sounds like my cup of tea!

  251. Jaime Mendelis
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 7:55 pm | Permalink

    Jaime Mendelis
    Instructional Coach / 8th grade ELA
    Owego-Apalachin Middle School, Owego, NY
    @mrsmendelis

    So excited!

  252. Posted May 30, 2012 at 8:09 pm | Permalink

    Melissa Edwards
    Instructional Resource Specialist (work with teachers to use technology in classrooms and used to teach 4th grade) in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, NC
    Twitter: @mwedwards
    Blog: http://www.melissaedwards.org

  253. Posted May 30, 2012 at 8:16 pm | Permalink

    Hi Kate -
    I’d love to help you as a guest published author. Let me know what might work best for you.
    What a great idea!!!
    Jean Reidy

    • Posted May 30, 2012 at 8:57 pm | Permalink

      Would love your help, Jean – Could you drop me an email at kmessner at kate messner dot com & I’ll send info?

  254. Posted May 30, 2012 at 8:36 pm | Permalink

    Wow, this is awesome! I’m happy to see several of my friends from Slice of Life Tuesdays here! :-)
    I’m Jennifer Mitchell.
    Through tomorrow, I’m a 6th & 7th grade Spanish teacher. Next year I’m plunging into teaching high school ELL, which is why this is perfect for me — I need all the help I can get this summer from wonderful teachers of writing! I teach in Dublin, OH.
    Not on Twitter because I already feel like I’m drowning in ideas!
    I blog at http://ihabloespanglish.blogspot.com/

    • Posted May 30, 2012 at 8:54 pm | Permalink

      Welcome! Happy to have you join us, Jennifer!

  255. NÚRIA
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 8:50 pm | Permalink

    Thanx Kate!

    Núria

    K4 – CATALONIA

    @NURIAMcNAS

    • Posted May 30, 2012 at 8:54 pm | Permalink

      Welcome, Nuria!

      • NÚRIA
        Posted May 31, 2012 at 8:01 pm | Permalink

        thanx! ready to get started!

  256. Posted May 30, 2012 at 8:58 pm | Permalink

    1.Diana Knight
    2. K-8 Library Media Specialist in Oak Creek, WI.
    3.dkwi
    4.www.pickyreader.com

  257. Nancy Shaughnessy
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 9:01 pm | Permalink

    1. Mrs. S
    2. 1st/2nd grade teacher all subjects
    3. no twitter
    4. website tbd

    • Posted May 31, 2012 at 12:00 am | Permalink

      Welcome, Nancy! Happy to have you writing with us this summer!

  258. Heidi S.
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 9:05 pm | Permalink

    This is definitely something I need to do, no matter how nervous it makes me. Here is my information:

    1. Heidi Schone
    2. 5th Grade teacher and 5-8 Spanish teacher in Appleton, WI
    3. I am not a tweeter.
    4. I do not have a website.

    I just started teaching Writing Workshop in my room, and I am desperately in need of new ideas and ways to help the students in their writing. I am very new to the writing workshop model and could use all the help I can get.

    I have a question. Do you email us something everyday or do we need to check the website everyday? I only ask because I will admit that I can be a little forgetful. :) I will do my best though! Thank you for taking the time out of your summer to help the teaching community, and our students in the process. What a blessing this will be to many teachers! I am excited to be a part of it!

    • Posted May 31, 2012 at 12:00 am | Permalink

      I will not be emailing anything – I’ll be posting here on weekdays, and you’re welcome to join us whenever you remember. No worries if you miss a few days!

  259. Heidi S.
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 9:26 pm | Permalink

    This is definitely something I need to do, no matter how nervous I am. Here is my information:

    1. Heidi Schone
    2. 5th Grade teacher and 5-8 Spanish teacher in Appleton, WI
    3. I am not a tweeter.
    4. I do not have a website.

    I just want to let you know that I can be a bit forgetful, but I will do my best to check in everyday! Thank you for taking time out of your summer to help the teaching community, and our students as well. What a blessing you will be to many teachers and schools! I look forward to this opportunity to learn and grow!

    • Heidi S.
      Posted May 30, 2012 at 9:28 pm | Permalink

      Sorry! I commented twice. The first didn’t go through right away, and I found the answer to my question. Please disregard the first message.

    • Posted May 30, 2012 at 11:59 pm | Permalink

      Heidi, don’t be nervous – you’re among kindred spirits and friends here. We’re happy to have you join us!

  260. Posted May 30, 2012 at 9:31 pm | Permalink

    Becky Wojahn (aka W.H. Beck)
    K-5 school librarian/middle grade author

    Would love to help out as a published author/teacher/librarian!

  261. Posted May 30, 2012 at 9:56 pm | Permalink

    This sounds like a great idea (and a lot of fun!).

    Natalie D
    High School English Teacher — Hershey PA
    @natt444
    http://www.natalieduvall.com

  262. Posted May 30, 2012 at 9:59 pm | Permalink

    Hi Kate, I am a big fan of your books. This is a very cool thing you are doing for teachers and librarians. Unfortunately, I am neither of those, just a pre-published pb writer. I look forward to reading your posts and doing the assignments. My understanding is that I can follow along but can’t ask questions or ask for feedback, correct? Thanks!

    1. Darshana Khiani
    2. Neither, just an aspiring PB writer learning her craft
    3. @darshanakhiani
    4. http://www.flowering-minds.com

    • Posted May 30, 2012 at 11:58 pm | Permalink

      That’s how I’m working it for now, Darshana – just because we have so many teachers/librarians signed up and I really want it to be a professional development opportunity for them. But – Gae’s Feedback Friday on her blog is open to everyone, and all the posts here are public, so we’re more than happy to have you following along

  263. Posted May 30, 2012 at 10:35 pm | Permalink

    Sounds like fun. Count me in!

    Lyndsay
    Grade 1 Teacher, Ontario, Canadad
    @apples4theteach
    Wired Like That

  264. Michelle Gajda
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 10:39 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for this great opportunity!

    • Posted May 30, 2012 at 11:56 pm | Permalink

      Welcome, Michelle! Glad you’ll be joining us!

  265. Dina Mann
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 10:42 pm | Permalink

    WOW! What a great opportunity for PD with so many teachers. I can’t wait to begin and am in the process of recruiting fellow teachers in my building.

    I am a reading specialist at Sweet Home Middle School in Amherst, NY

    Twitter name: tdmann4

    • Posted May 30, 2012 at 11:56 pm | Permalink

      Welcome, Dina! I grew up in Western NY and remember playing volleyball against Sweet Home in high school (they were always SO good!)

  266. Posted May 30, 2012 at 10:56 pm | Permalink

    Becky Wojahn (aka W.H. Beck)
    K-5 librarian/middle grade author
    http://www.whbeck.com
    @whbeck

    Hi, would love to join in, either as a published writer or teacher/librarian!

    • Posted May 30, 2012 at 11:55 pm | Permalink

      Welcome! How about if you join us wearing both hats?

  267. Catie Krautsack
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 11:00 pm | Permalink

    My name is Catie Krautsack. I am a fifth grade self contained teacher in Buffalo, New York. I’m always looking for ways to improve writing in my classroom. This is an awesome way to keep my mind active over summer! My twitter name is @Catie_Krautsack. Thanks again!

    • Posted May 30, 2012 at 11:55 pm | Permalink

      Welcome, Catie! I grew up not too far from you, in Medina.

  268. Kristie Schmidt
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 11:03 pm | Permalink

    Kristie Schmidt
    HS English: AP Lang & Comp, World Lit, Intro to Media
    @KristieSchmidt
    no blog yet

  269. Ann Marie Cleary
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 11:08 pm | Permalink

    Ann Marie Cleary
    4th now but 5th next year
    Prospect CT

  270. Meridith Borchert
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 11:11 pm | Permalink

    I teach third and fourth grade in New Effington, South Dakota

  271. Cheryl Lazarus
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 11:12 pm | Permalink

    Cheryl Lazarus
    4th grade teacher
    @clazarus

    so excited!!!!

  272. Anne Beamish
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 11:13 pm | Permalink

    I am an ELA consultant for secondary school. I work with middle and high school teachers and teach literacy instruction.
    I am not on twitter, but will check out the Facebook group!

    Thank you.

  273. Posted May 30, 2012 at 11:17 pm | Permalink

    Hi Kate,

    I love this idea and thank you for giving up your time for us to help with writing and instruction. I teach 10th grade in a rural town near Hickory, NC.
    Twitter: @smccabe29

    Thanks,
    Stephanie McCabe

  274. Cheryl Lazarus
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 11:18 pm | Permalink

    oops wrong twitter….its @calazarus

  275. Ashley S
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 11:22 pm | Permalink

    Your – Ashley S
    Your role – 4th/5th grade teacher
    Your Twitter name – ashmk31

    SOUNDS FUN! I’m graduating in a week with my bachelors and teaching certification!

    • Posted May 30, 2012 at 11:53 pm | Permalink

      Welcome,Ashley – and congratulations!

  276. C. Schloss
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 11:23 pm | Permalink

    My name is Cynthia Colletta-Schloss
    Literacy Instructior
    Cicero Public Schools, Cicero, Illinois.
    I am interested in the summer writing camp for both personal and professional reasons.
    Thank you for doing this!!!

  277. Carla Sulli
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 11:27 pm | Permalink

    This sounds great….thank you
    Carla Sulli
    4th grade teacher Rancho Cucamonga, California

  278. Paula Tremba
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 11:36 pm | Permalink

    Paula Tremba
    4th grade teacher Charles Town, WV
    I don’t twitter or blog. Will that be a problem? I did join the group on Facebook.

    • Posted May 30, 2012 at 11:52 pm | Permalink

      No problem if you’re not on Twitter – you can do everything here on the blog. Welcome, Paula!

  279. Rhonda Tate
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 11:43 pm | Permalink

    Hi! My name is Rhonda Tate and I teach 6 and 7 Writing (as well as 6, 7, and 8 Science) in Dedham, Maine. In my pre-teaching life I was a freelance journalist so I am excited to dip my toes back in to the grown-up writing world! Thanks for organizing this!

    • Posted May 30, 2012 at 11:52 pm | Permalink

      Welcome,Rhonda! I was a journalist, too – spent seven years in TV news before I went back to school to teach and eventually found my way to writing fiction.

  280. Kim Leimer
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 11:44 pm | Permalink

    Your name: Kim Leimer
    Your role: K-8 ELL Specialist
    Your Twitter name, if you’re on Twitter: @kleimer40

    I can’t wait! I participated in the RI Writing Project a few years ago, and loved it. Thank you!

  281. Posted May 30, 2012 at 11:45 pm | Permalink

    What a super idea!

    Royanne Baer
    7th Grade ELA/MYP Language A
    Ridgeview Charter School
    Atlanta, GA

    I have a Twitter but never use it, just haven’t seen the benefit yet.
    Switched my Website to Edmodo this year — http://www.edmodo.com/baerr

  282. Ginger
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 11:46 pm | Permalink

    Gr 4
    CA

  283. Posted May 31, 2012 at 12:01 am | Permalink

    Kelly Mogk
    4th Grade general ed, NWP Teacher Consultant, aspiring author :)
    @kellylou
    http://projectchameleon.blogspot.com

    Super excited!!

    • Posted May 31, 2012 at 1:49 am | Permalink

      Welcome, Kelly! So glad you’ll be joining us!

  284. Jacquie
    Posted May 31, 2012 at 12:14 am | Permalink

    Looking forward to a Writing Workshop for teachers!

    • Jacquie
      Posted May 31, 2012 at 12:17 am | Permalink

      I teach ELA 7th and 8th Grades
      Hancock, Maine, USA

  285. Jaana
    Posted May 31, 2012 at 12:16 am | Permalink

    Jaana
    K-12 ELL in Ann Arbor, Michigan
    This sounds wonderful!

  286. Posted May 31, 2012 at 12:30 am | Permalink

    Kate, Thank you for offering and organizing this writing camp for all of us!
    Melanie Swider
    5th grade teacher in CT
    Twitter: @MelanieSwider
    Blog: http://tworeflectiveteachers.blogspot.com

  287. Posted May 31, 2012 at 12:35 am | Permalink

    Kate, Thank you for offering and organizing this writing camp for all of us!

    Melanie Swider
    5th grade teacher in CT
    Twitter: @MelanieSwider
    Blog: http://tworeflectiveteachers.blogspot.com

    • Posted May 31, 2012 at 1:49 am | Permalink

      Hurray! Great to see you here, Melanie!

  288. Posted May 31, 2012 at 12:35 am | Permalink

    Thanks so much. I am a coach and this could really help me.

    • Posted May 31, 2012 at 1:48 am | Permalink

      Hi, Debbie! Glad you’re writing with us!

    • Posted May 31, 2012 at 1:48 am | Permalink

      Welcome!! Great to have you with us!

  289. Amy Gambino
    Posted May 31, 2012 at 12:37 am | Permalink

    Amy Gambino
    10th and 12th grade English
    @gambinoal
    Working on a blog……

  290. Amy Gambino
    Posted May 31, 2012 at 12:38 am | Permalink

    Forgot to include I am in Buffalo, NY

  291. Posted May 31, 2012 at 12:41 am | Permalink

    Sounds wonderful-how does it work?

    • Posted May 31, 2012 at 1:47 am | Permalink

      The intro post should explain pretty much everything – you’re welcome to join us!

  292. Posted May 31, 2012 at 12:45 am | Permalink

    Oops- I also forgot to write that I am a writing coach at an elementary school in South Florida!

  293. Debbie Sauer
    Posted May 31, 2012 at 12:48 am | Permalink

    Fifth grade teacher teaching reading/writing to my own class and math to 3 sections of fifth grade in Duluth, Mn. Every year I resolve to do a better job with writing, and hope this can help!

    Twitter name: SauerDW

    • Posted May 31, 2012 at 1:47 am | Permalink

      Happy to have you writing with us, Debbie!

  294. Angela B
    Posted May 31, 2012 at 12:55 am | Permalink

    8th grade ELA
    Grass Lake, MI

  295. Kirsten Shrout
    Posted May 31, 2012 at 1:12 am | Permalink

    Hi! So excited for this! I’m leaving the classroom (4th grade) to become a full-time instructional coach after my maternity leave this summer. I know I’ll have my hands full with a new baby, but the flexibility will give me a chance to keep writing and in touch with other teachers:)
    thank you!
    Kirsten Shrout Fernandes
    Instructional Coach, Grades 3-5
    Rhode Island

    • Posted May 31, 2012 at 1:46 am | Permalink

      I have fond memories of writing one of my first books with a baby in my lap. (She’s ten now & writes with me!) Welcome!

  296. Linda Biondi
    Posted May 31, 2012 at 1:14 am | Permalink

    Looking forward to participating.
    Linda Biondi
    5th Grade teacher-all subjects
    Robbinsville, NJ
    Pond Road Middle School
    website:http://wtpsmercer.schoolwires.com/4431702519955/site/default.asp

  297. Jennifer Karls
    Posted May 31, 2012 at 1:18 am | Permalink

    2nd grade at Sunrise Elementary in Appleton, Wi
    I’ll be joining the group through Facebook!!
    Seriously can not wait for this opportunity!!

    • Posted May 31, 2012 at 1:46 am | Permalink

      Welcome, Jennifer! Daily posts will be here on my blog & I’ll try to post each day to the FB page with links, too.

  298. Denise Cooper
    Posted May 31, 2012 at 1:20 am | Permalink

    Denise Cooper
    First grade teacher at Bright School, Chattanooga,TN
    @1stgradedcooper

    Can’t wait!

  299. MaryAnne Hutcheson
    Posted May 31, 2012 at 1:25 am | Permalink

    Sounds great!! Thanks so much for doing this!!
    I teach 4th grade in Florida, so I prepare my students for the state writing test.
    On Twitter I am @mhutcheson.
    Thanks, Kate!! Looking forward to a great summer of writing!!

  300. Kathy Payson
    Posted May 31, 2012 at 1:31 am | Permalink

    What an amazing opportunity that you and others are organizing. Thank you, in advance, for sharing your passion and expertise! I am a 4th grade teacher who works with kids in Central Falls, Rhode Island.

    Looking forward to having some fun writing and thinking together!
    Kathy

    • Posted May 31, 2012 at 1:44 am | Permalink

      Welcome, Kathy! I’m excited to write with all of you this summer!

  301. Teresa Oliveira
    Posted May 31, 2012 at 1:33 am | Permalink

    Hi Kate, I am so glad I came across your site. I just completed my PDP for the upcoming school year and my goals are around writing and the new common core standards. Writing is definitely an area I struggle in and nothing like the present to work on fixing that. Here’s my info:
    1. Teresa Oliveira
    2. 3rd grade teacher, urban district, NJ
    3. my twitter name is Teresa110980
    4. no website/blog

  302. Catherine
    Posted May 31, 2012 at 1:36 am | Permalink

    This is so exciting! I can’t wait to get started. My name is Catherine Flynn and I’m the literacy specialist in a PreK-8 school in Sherman, Ct. I’m on twitter @flynn_catherine. I have a blog with one post from last February, but it will have more soon!

    • Posted May 31, 2012 at 1:44 am | Permalink

      Welcome, Catherine! Glad you’ll be writing with us!

  303. Posted May 31, 2012 at 1:37 am | Permalink

    Gr 9-12 Library Media Specialist in Fulton, NY
    Twitter: @wscalfaro
    Blogging at: http://wscalfaro.wordpress.com

    So happy to have found this!

  304. Jen
    Posted May 31, 2012 at 1:39 am | Permalink

    Can’t wait to get started!

    Jen Brieske
    4th grade literacy teacher in Hartland, WI
    Twitter: thewritingteach
    Working on developing my website (www.thewritingteach.com) this summer!

    • Posted May 31, 2012 at 1:43 am | Permalink

      Welcome, Jen! Glad to have you join us!

  305. Pam H
    Posted May 31, 2012 at 1:47 am | Permalink

    Looking forward to writing and growing with all of you!

  306. Pam H
    Posted May 31, 2012 at 1:50 am | Permalink

    Pam Harris
    Teach 4th grade at Robinson Elem.
    No twitter
    No webpage

  307. Barb Michalesko
    Posted May 31, 2012 at 1:52 am | Permalink

    Barb Michalesko
    K-6 reading coach
    Burnham School, Cicero, IL

    :)

    • Posted May 31, 2012 at 10:02 am | Permalink

      So glad you’re writing with us this summer,Barb!

  308. Posted May 31, 2012 at 1:52 am | Permalink

    Karen

    4-6th grade special education teacher in the south suburbs of Chicago

    Twitter: booksnooks

    http://booksnooks.wordpress.com/

    Can’t wait!!!

  309. Lauren Up
    Posted May 31, 2012 at 1:53 am | Permalink

    Lauren “Up” – 3rd grade teacher
    Central Falls, Rhode Island

    I have never participated in anything like this but cannot wait! :)

    • Posted May 31, 2012 at 10:02 am | Permalink

      Welcome, Lauren! I’m excited, too!

  310. Lynette Varnon
    Posted May 31, 2012 at 1:58 am | Permalink

    Lynette Varnon

    high school English teacher in South Deerfield, MA
    I live in Greenfield, MA

    no twitter or current blog :)

  311. Kelly Seperack
    Posted May 31, 2012 at 2:01 am | Permalink

    Thanks a bunch Kate for giving access to this writing camp to teachers from near and far and for free! Feeling so lucky to collect some new ideas and pieces in my writer’s notebook to share with my fourth graders in September.
    Kelly Seperack
    4th grade reading/writing teacher in Garner, NC

    • Posted May 31, 2012 at 10:08 am | Permalink

      So glad you’re writing with us this summer,Kelly!!

  312. Posted May 31, 2012 at 2:07 am | Permalink

    Hi, Kate,
    I just started teaching Creative Writing this year at a local theater– my students are middle schoolers. Looking forward to gaining some new strategies and ideas!
    1. Mary E. Cronin
    2. Creative Writing teacher– Cape Cod, MA
    3. Twitter– maryecronin
    4. Your blog or website– http://maryecronin.livejournal.com/

  313. Posted May 31, 2012 at 2:08 am | Permalink

    Hi, Kate,
    I started teaching creative writing at a local theater this year– my students are middle schoolers. I am looking forward to gaining some new strategies and ideas!

    1. Mary E. Cronin
    2. Creative writing teacher– Cape Cod, MA
    3. Twitter– maryecronin
    4. Blog– http://maryecronin.livejournal.com/

    Thanks!
    –Mary

    • Posted May 31, 2012 at 10:07 am | Permalink

      Hi, Mary! So happy you’re joining us!!

  314. Katie Delaney
    Posted May 31, 2012 at 2:17 am | Permalink

    Katie Delaney
    7-12 ELA Teacher Central City Iowa

    This will be a great opportunity! Thanks!

    • Posted May 31, 2012 at 10:07 am | Permalink

      So glad you’re writing with us this summer,Katie!

  315. Posted May 31, 2012 at 2:24 am | Permalink

    I am a national children’s literacy consultant with a passion for teaching/coaching writing. I’m from Huntsville, AL and have five picture books in my head just waiting to come out. I am also a professional author with three published titles for librarians and teachers and parents – home base is Huntsville, AL

    @litambassador
    website included above. I’ve some blogs that have been neglected for a while (one for parents reading with children of all ages, one for preschool teachers and one for K-12 teachers) but I’m hoping to start them back up this summer (see my website for details).

  316. Pam Chomsky-Higgins
    Posted May 31, 2012 at 2:27 am | Permalink

    What an exciting and slightly intimidating idea! I am a literacy consultant (although I do not embrace that term) for the Vermont Reads Institute at the University of Vermont. I work in several elementary schools (K-6) in the state as an embedded consultant, usually for three years. I also design and present workshops and seminars on many aspects of literacy.
    I look forward to this opportunity to strengthen and expand my writing skills.

    • Posted May 31, 2012 at 10:07 am | Permalink

      You’re among friends, Pam – no need to feel intimidated. Welcome!

  317. Posted May 31, 2012 at 2:29 am | Permalink

    Hello and thank you!

    Diane Greenseid
    Library Aide at Loyola Village School

    • Posted May 31, 2012 at 10:06 am | Permalink

      So glad you’re writing with us this summer,Diane!

  318. Lyda Graham
    Posted May 31, 2012 at 2:37 am | Permalink

    My name is Lydia Graham and I’ll be teaching students in 4th grade this year…at Tilden Hogge Elementary in Morehead, Kentucky. My (unused) Twitter account name is @GrahamLydia and I will be working to use this very soon. My webpage is…er, uh, in progress…under total reconstruction this summer. It can be found at http://www.rowan.k12.ky.us/olc/teacher.aspx?s=908 or through the Tilden Hogge Teacher Websites link on the Rowan County Schools website. I’m excited about this opportunity!

  319. Carol Owen
    Posted May 31, 2012 at 2:40 am | Permalink

    Hi Kate, This is a wonderful idea. I’m looking forward to being a part of it – just hope I have something to add. I am a Literacy Leader and Reading Recovery teacher at Bradford Elementary School in Bradford, VT working with Kindergarten through 6th grade. My twitter name is @carvteach, but to show how often I use Twitter, I had to go and post something so that I could find out what it was. Pretty sad, I know. As for a blog….I had a blog once…hmmm…Buried in Books was the name…wonder what ever happened to that (shows my lack of diligence that hopefully this group will help improve).

    • Posted May 31, 2012 at 10:05 am | Permalink

      So glad you’re writing with us this summer, Carol!

  320. Mary Bellavance
    Posted May 31, 2012 at 2:42 am | Permalink

    Hi Kate!

    What an amazing response from so many educators! This is going to be fun! Thanks for hosting this.

    Mary Bellavance
    K-5 Literacy Specialist
    Waterboro, Maine
    @MaryBellavance
    Summer goal: start my own blog

    • Posted May 31, 2012 at 10:05 am | Permalink

      It is going to be fun, isn’t it? Welcome!

  321. Christi
    Posted May 31, 2012 at 2:42 am | Permalink

    I would love to do this, but I’m taking my last class for my Masters (plus it’s SUMMER!), so I can’t trust myself to check up every day on my own. BUT, if I can get an email every day, that would be completely different. Are you planning on doing an email every day?

    • Posted May 31, 2012 at 10:04 am | Permalink

      I’m not doing emails – it’s simply a matter of checking in when you want to join us, but feel free to be sporadic about it if you have a busy summer. That’s fine.

  322. Posted May 31, 2012 at 2:47 am | Permalink

    Glad to be joining with a community of writers for the summer. Thank you, Kate!

    • Posted May 31, 2012 at 10:04 am | Permalink

      Happy to have you writing with us!

  323. Jenny Leist
    Posted May 31, 2012 at 2:49 am | Permalink

    7th grade ELA
    New Albany, IN.

    Thanks.

  324. Michelle Nero
    Posted May 31, 2012 at 2:51 am | Permalink

    Scrolling and scrolling and scrolling . . . look! I finally made it to the bottom!
    What an opportunity – thanks!

    Michelle Nero
    K-5 Reading Specialist
    Northwest suburbs of Chicago, Illinois
    @litlearningzone
    http://literacyzone.blogspot.com/

    • Posted May 31, 2012 at 10:03 am | Permalink

      So glad you’re writing with us this summer,Michelle!

  325. Posted May 31, 2012 at 2:52 am | Permalink

    Forgot my information!
    Right now working for Dept of Public Instruction, NC as an Instructional Coach
    Live in Charlotte, NC
    Twitter: @becoming
    more of a Facebook fan though

    • Posted May 31, 2012 at 10:03 am | Permalink

      So glad you’re writing with us this summer,Karen!!

  326. Posted May 31, 2012 at 2:53 am | Permalink

    This is AWESOME!
    I’m Mandee Jablonski.
    I teach 8th grade ELA in Georgia & work with the Kennesaw Mountain Writing Project.
    I blog about books at http://www.booksandbling.com & Twitter @ohmandee
    I blog about teaching at http://www.literacyeverywhere.com & Twitter @liteverywhere
    I’m looking forward to writing with you this summer!

    • Posted May 31, 2012 at 10:03 am | Permalink

      Welcome, Mandee! I’m glad you’re excited – I am, too!

  327. Patrice Pintarelli
    Posted May 31, 2012 at 2:54 am | Permalink

    Looking forward to writing this summer!

    Patrice Pintarelli
    4th grade teacher
    Roosevelt School
    Have to look Into this twitter. Signed up but haven’t had the opportunity to play.

  328. Posted May 31, 2012 at 3:02 am | Permalink

    Of course I am going to take part :) I may be more of a lurker at the beginning, but I’ll jump in :)

    Kellee
    Middle school reading and yearbook in Orlando, FL
    @kelleemoye
    http://www.teachmentortexts.com (the host on Sunday :D)

  329. Posted May 31, 2012 at 3:08 am | Permalink

    1. Tanya Chiasson
    2. 7th ELA, Lafayette, LA
    3. not on Twitter
    4. http://www.speakingofliterature.blogspot.com/ (Used with students, so purged each year for online safety/privacy)

    So excited to participate in your summer writing camp! “I won’t ask you to do anything I am not willing to do myself” is my classroom writing motto. So here I am: ready to take some risks, learn, grow, and stretch as a beginning writer. Thanks for this opportunity! :)

    School will be in session by the time this camp is over, so I would like to share this site with my students and colleagues in August. Would that be okay with you?

    Thanks,
    Tanya

    • Posted May 31, 2012 at 10:01 am | Permalink

      Hi, Tanya! Welcome! It’s absolutely fine to share this project at school in August.

  330. Sara Hensley
    Posted May 31, 2012 at 3:11 am | Permalink

    I’m excited to join you!!

    1. Sara Hensley
    2. I teach high school English in Alton, IL. In the past, I have taught 9th and 10th grade, but next year I will have a group of seniors as well.
    3. @SaraHensley11
    4. Blog- http://shensley23.blogspot.com/

    • Posted May 31, 2012 at 10:01 am | Permalink

      So glad you’re writing with us this summer,Sara!

  331. Posted May 31, 2012 at 3:12 am | Permalink

    What a brainstorm, Kate! Approaching it with an open mind, and looking forward to wondering, learning, and creating!
    Mary D’Eliso
    K-6 librarian
    Bloomington, IN
    http://letmethinklibrary.blogspot.com/

    • Posted May 31, 2012 at 10:01 am | Permalink

      It is going to be a fun experiment, for sure! Thanks, Mary!

  332. Deborah Aughey
    Posted May 31, 2012 at 3:13 am | Permalink

    @dlaughey twitter

    HS English – AP Language and journalism.

    • Posted May 31, 2012 at 10:00 am | Permalink

      So glad you’re writing with us this summer,Deborah!

  333. Staciw
    Posted May 31, 2012 at 3:21 am | Permalink

    Staci

    3rd grade teacher
    Viera, FL
    wackedoutteacher@rocketmail.com

    *Thank you for this opportunity! I dread teaching writing….not my area I feel most comfortable teaching since I don’t like to write myself. :(

    • Posted May 31, 2012 at 10:00 am | Permalink

      Welcome, Staci! We’re glad you’re here.

  334. Toshia Manning
    Posted May 31, 2012 at 3:22 am | Permalink

    Whew! Took me so long, I forgot the order of information. B-)
    Toshia Mamning
    7th grade ELA, Rocky Mount, NC
    Twitter: jollyswife

  335. Kate Lechtenberg
    Posted May 31, 2012 at 3:22 am | Permalink

    Kate Lechtenberg
    High school English teacher of 10 years
    Next year I’ll be a teacher librarian at an 8-9th grade building
    Des Moines, IA
    @katedower (but i’m just getting started)

    • Posted May 31, 2012 at 10:00 am | Permalink

      So glad you’re writing with us this summer,Kate!

  336. Melanie Mendenhall
    Posted May 31, 2012 at 3:24 am | Permalink

    Twitter: N2Reading
    K-5 Media Specialist
    Greensboro, NC

    • Posted May 31, 2012 at 9:59 am | Permalink

      So glad you’re writing with us this summer,Melanie!

  337. Lea
    Posted May 31, 2012 at 3:26 am | Permalink

    Lea Campbell
    5/6 GATE in Orange, CA
    @Arghimedes (I’m a math nerd/pirate enthusiast)

  338. Sue Crean
    Posted May 31, 2012 at 3:37 am | Permalink

    Sue Crean
    Grade 5 literacy
    Brookfield, CT
    @SueCrean

    What a terrific idea! Thanks so much!

    • Posted May 31, 2012 at 9:59 am | Permalink

      So glad you’re writing with us this summer, Sue!

  339. Tammy Astor
    Posted May 31, 2012 at 3:43 am | Permalink

    Tammy Astor – Skokie, IL
    4th grade until June 13, then seeking an elementary position
    Your Twitter name, if you’re on Twitter – signed up, but can’t remember name or password
    Your blog or website, if you have one – plan to develop website this summer

  340. Debbie Wilks
    Posted May 31, 2012 at 3:52 am | Permalink

    1. Debbie Wilks
    2. Third grade in Kansas
    3. Twitterless
    4. debbiesdabblings.blogspot.com

    This sounds like a great opportunity! I’m looking forward to participating. Thanks!

    • Posted May 31, 2012 at 9:59 am | Permalink

      So glad you’re writing with us this summer, Debbie!

  341. Merrill Levine
    Posted May 31, 2012 at 4:07 am | Permalink

    I’m a first grade teacher of years too many to mention! Just thinking about my own writing assignment gives me sweaty palms. Now I know how my kids must feel! Very excited to be a part of this group…

    • Posted May 31, 2012 at 9:58 am | Permalink

      “Now I know how my kids must feel!” This, I think, is really at the heart of why we’re all here. So glad you’re joining us!

  342. Sharon Lanasa
    Posted May 31, 2012 at 4:12 am | Permalink

    Sharon Lanasa
    Youth Services Manager and Children’s Librarian
    Dorchester County Public Library
    Share books, words, and stories with toddlers, school-age children and middle schoolers
    Twitter: #PinkShad

    Awakening the long dormant writer within …

  343. Julie Meiklejohn
    Posted May 31, 2012 at 4:16 am | Permalink

    This is awesome!
    I’m Julie Meiklejohn
    I teach 10th,11th, and 12th grade English in La Junta, CO
    Twitter @jem2323
    No website

    Thanks, Kate! I’m so excited!

  344. Mary Jo Wentz
    Posted May 31, 2012 at 4:27 am | Permalink

    1. Mary Jo Wentz
    2. 4/5 reading teacher & literacy coach
    3. no Twitter
    4. no blog

  345. Posted May 31, 2012 at 4:32 am | Permalink

    This sounds amazing and Iam so excited to be participating. I have a hard time carving out time to write so a group and a flexible schedule will hold me more accountable.

    I work as a literacy consultant in Pre-K through Middle Schools. I am currently working in scholsin NC and SC but I live outside of Charlotte, NC.

  346. Chris Kervina
    Posted May 31, 2012 at 5:20 am | Permalink

    1. Chris Kervina
    2. English 11 (regular and AP) and journalism (new this year!) at Centreville High in Clifton, VA
    3. @ckervina
    4. VERY sporatically at http://mrskervina.blogspot.com/ (I always swear I’ll blog regularly after NCTE…)

    Thanks for offering this, Kate. I will be jumping in and out all summer. I can already see my summer filling up with an in-person writing seminar, yearbook camp, a JEA conference, and more.Whew! I think that “how do I make time” lesson will be a good one for me!

    • Posted May 31, 2012 at 9:57 am | Permalink

      Welcome, Chris! Jumping in and out is just fine.

  347. Posted May 31, 2012 at 5:28 am | Permalink

    I’m excited about this opportunity to practice what I believe in….great teachers of writing get involved in writing also. I am a literacy teacher/coach in an elementary school in Illinois.

    • Posted May 31, 2012 at 9:57 am | Permalink

      Glad you’re joining us, Nancy!

  348. Posted May 31, 2012 at 9:59 am | Permalink

    April Wulber, English Language Arts Specialist K-12, IRA Teachers’ Choices Co-Chair, Greenville, OH; Twitter – @awulber; website – http://www.darke.k12.oh.us/~april_wulber; http://thewulberfamily.blogspot.com

  349. Holly Mueller
    Posted May 31, 2012 at 10:38 am | Permalink

    This sounds awesome! I’ll be teaching 4th grade gifted reading in the fall. One of my summer goals is to figure out Twitter, and I don’t have a website.

  350. Posted May 31, 2012 at 11:25 am | Permalink

    Hello! Thanks to a wonderful parent volunteer who wishes to become a librarian someday (best job in the entire world) your website was sent to me via Facebook. I am an elementary librarian for grades K-4 with 35 classes and see over 700 students per week! I am all about books and reading and would love to learn more about writing. Thanks!

    http://moulton.al.lce.schoolinsites.com/?PageName=TeacherPage&Page=1&StaffID=103885&iSection=Teachers&CorrespondingID=103885

    *Above website is more about me.

  351. Posted May 31, 2012 at 11:33 am | Permalink

    I am moving into a new position as an Instructional Coach. I will be teacher two sections of English I in the fall, then coaching other freshmen teachers in my district. Excited but nervous.
    I am in Carrollton, Tx.
    My Twitter is @amyrass
    My website I write with Molly and Heather is http://www.threeteacherstalk.com

    I am looking forward to this camp. I hope I can keep up! I will be writing curriculum during June, so this will be a challenge.

    • Posted May 31, 2012 at 11:36 am | Permalink

      Happy you’re writing with us this summer, Amy!

  352. Posted May 31, 2012 at 11:40 am | Permalink

    I am interested in doing this. I don’t twitter though, hope that’s ok. I am an LD teacher on the elementary level.

    • Posted May 31, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Permalink

      That’s absolutely okay – just check in here on my blog & you’ll find updates every weekday starting on Monday!

  353. Posted May 31, 2012 at 11:54 am | Permalink

    Sounds wonderful!
    I’m an ESL teacher and MFA student at Vermont College of Fine Arts.

    • Posted May 31, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Permalink

      Welcome, Shelley! Happy to have you writing with us!

  354. Posted May 31, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Permalink

    Will Bangs
    Grade 6 Social Studies, Reading and Language Arts teacher
    http://mrbangs.wordpress.com/

  355. Posted May 31, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Permalink

    Wow! What a wonderful opportunity and a bit scary, too! Thank you, Kate. I can’t wait to get started on this. I currently teach grade 2 in Calgary, AB in a Spanish bilingual school but I am making a major move this summer back to Ecuador. I will be teaching grade 3 (or grade 4) there at an international school. My twitter name is @elisaw5
    Looking forward to this. Thank you, Stacey Shubitz for blogging about this!

    • Posted May 31, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

      Don’t be scared – or at least know that you’re not alone in that and enjoy yourself. This is going to be fun!

  356. Posted May 31, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Permalink

    What a fabulous opportunity! (And just the push I need this summer!)
    I am an Elementary Academic Coach in LaGrange, Ga.
    Twitter: @teachergirl89
    Blog I (somewhat) keep up for the teachers I work with: http://www.writenowtroup.blogspot.com

    • Posted May 31, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

      Welcome, Kim! We’re going to have a fun summer of writing!

  357. Jan Newport
    Posted May 31, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Permalink

    Jan Newport
    Instructional Specialist for teachers in ELA K-12 in a large school district
    Twitter: JanNewport2
    Have abandoned a former blog and am in the process of creating a new blog for middle school teachers to use for Professional Development.

    This is just what I was looking for! With all the summer work of the district working with Common Core…this will feed my need while I try to feed others. Thank you!

    • Posted May 31, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

      Hi, Jan! Glad you’re joining us this summer!

  358. Posted May 31, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Permalink

    What an opportunity!
    1. Ramona
    2. 6th grade Language Arts and Social Studies
    3. No twitter
    4. http://pleasuresfromthepage.blogspot.com/
    What a fun way to challenge ourselves as writers during our summer. I learned about this through Two Writing Teachers! BTW I love The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z!

    • Posted May 31, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

      Hi, Ramona! Welcome – and thanks for the kind words about GIANNA Z!

  359. Posted May 31, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Permalink

    Hi Kate,
    I am one of your big fans and I am thrilled at this chance to learn from you and others in the group. Wow! I am Joan Young and I teach 4th grade in the SF Bay Area. My Twitter name is @flourishingkids and my website is http://allkidscanflourish.blogspot.com
    Thank you so much for this gift!

  360. Melanie Hoeksema
    Posted May 31, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Permalink

    This sounds excellent! Looking forward to learning and growing!
    My info:
    Melanie Hoeksema
    Reading Consultant K-4th grade (Forest Hills Public Schools) Grand Rapids, MI (former 1st and 2nd grade teacher too)
    Twitter: @mhoeksema (Melanie Hoeksema)
    I have a blog…but haven’t written in awhile…this will be a great way to fire it back up!
    http://www.readingconsultant.blogspot.com

    • Posted May 31, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

      Welcome, Melanie! We’re happy to have you writing with us!

  361. Paige Blackoff
    Posted May 31, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Permalink

    Hi! My name is Paige Blackoff and I am teaching Language Arts in the Middle Grades — particularly 6th and 7th grade in Central New Jersey.

    My twitter name is @paige_blackoff and I do not currently have a website.

    I am looking forward to learning this summer and am hopeful to find some great ideas to use in my classroom next year!

    Thanks so much for doing this!

  362. Kristi Oritt
    Posted May 31, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Permalink

    Please sign me up!

    Kristi Oritt
    7-8 Language Arts in Salt Lake City

    Thanks.

    • Posted May 31, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Permalink

      You’re signed up – welcome!

  363. Posted May 31, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Permalink

    My name is Janet Ilko
    I teach writing to seventh and eighth grade English Language Learners and an AVID class that preps students for the college experience. I also host a writing club in the mornings for any student interested in Writing Called Writing for Change. We are hoping to host a camp this summer with the San Diego Area Writing Project.
    My twitter name is writin4change
    I have a blog that I try to post on at least once a week during the school year, but plan on refocusing energy on that space this summer. http://writinginmyhand.org/?p=491 that is my latest post.
    I think this is going to be a great opportunity to write and respond to writers, I just can’t wait!!

    • Posted May 31, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Permalink

      Welcome, Janet! I’m excited, too!

  364. Tammy Zeaser
    Posted May 31, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Permalink

    Please leave a comment here that includes:
    I am so excited about this opportuntity!

    1. Tammy Zeaser
    2. Instructional Specialist (Grades K-5), Mechanicsburg, PA
    3.I’m on twitter, but rarely use it, but I think my twitter name is trzeaser or tzeaser – I can’t even remember (how sad is that!)
    4.www.zeaserspalace.wordpress.com

    • Posted May 31, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

      Welcome, Tammy! Glad you’re joining us!

  365. Heather Temske
    Posted May 31, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

    What a fabulous opportunity. Thanks!!!

    Here’s my info
    1. Heather Temske
    2. Fourth grade teacher in Roswell, Georgia
    3. @htemske (although I go in and out of phases using it)
    4. I have a class website that isn’t useful to people outside my classes. My plan is to start blogging this summer.

    • Posted May 31, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

      Welcome, Heather! Glad you’ll be writing with us!

  366. Posted May 31, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

    Maggie Abrams
    7-9 reading
    mid-MO
    twitter: @march4teachers

    http://englishtchr.wordpress.com

  367. Posted May 31, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

    I teach ninth grade literature, British literature, and AP English literature and composition. What a wonderful opportunity to learn from others!

    • Posted May 31, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

      Hi, Jill! Glad you’re joining us!

  368. Posted May 31, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Permalink

    I am so excited about this! My summer professional development had to be canceled so this is just the thing I needed to lift my spirits!
    Thank you!
    Tammy
    1st grade teacher

    First Grade @ Klinger Cafe
    dtklinger@gmail.com

    • Posted May 31, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Permalink

      I’m glad you found us, Tammy! Welcome!

  369. Valerie Cornett
    Posted May 31, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Permalink

    Valerie Cornett
    Literacy Specialist in Lexington, KY (K-5)
    @valcornett
    I’m looking forward to learning new ideas!

  370. Posted May 31, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Permalink

    Hi to all.

    I’m carla arena
    My twitter is @carlaarena
    I’m an EFL educator in Brasilia, Brazil, teaching English to all levels, face to face and online
    I blog at http://collablogatorium.blogspot.com , but I think for this summer activity I’ll use http://carlaarena.posterous.com

    • Posted May 31, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Permalink

      So glad you’re joining us, Carla!

  371. Posted May 31, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Permalink

    Valerie Stein
    K-8 Library Media Specialist/Curriculum Coordinator in a small independent school in WA state.
    http://vst3in.wordpress.com/ – Blog. I’m also feltmaker/teacher and writer so it’s a mix of me!
    @stein_valerie – Twitter
    You’ll find me on FB too. Excited to participate!

  372. Posted May 31, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Permalink

    This could not have been timed better!
    Thank you for the opportunity.

    I teach third grade in a suburb of Philadelphia.

    http://thirdmusings.wordpress.com/

    • Posted May 31, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Permalink

      So glad the timing is good for you! Welcome!

  373. Darci Puchtell
    Posted May 31, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

    Special education 9-12
    No twitter
    No blog
    I need to learn more about writing and teaching it!
    I am very excited for this!

  374. Posted May 31, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Permalink

    Wow, I’m so excited. I’m at K-5 Literacy Coach. Thanks to Stacey at Two Writing Teachers for alerting me to this.

  375. Melody Autry-O'Dell
    Posted May 31, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Permalink

    Just finishing my first year of teaching in 4th grade… definitely feeling the need to “walk the walk” with writing. Thank you for the opportunity… I’m sure my 3rd graders will benefit from this next year. :-)

  376. Laurel Sharp
    Posted May 31, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

    Laurel
    Youth Services Librarian serving children 0-12 (public library, Central New York)
    I also teach a course in children’s literature
    no Twitter
    no website

  377. Cherisse Barrett
    Posted May 31, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for this great opportunity! Looking forward to a summer of writing. Yikes!
    Cherisse Barrett
    Literacy Coach K-5
    CT Schools

  378. Jill Crawford
    Posted May 31, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Permalink

    No website or Twitter, just a sixth grade teacher in Sacramento, CA striving to improve her writing and teaching. Looking forward to the challenge of writing daily with the group. Thanks so much.

    • Posted May 31, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Permalink

      Welcome, Jill – Twitter & website aren’t required at all. Just join us here on my blog!

  379. Posted May 31, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Permalink

    Hi Kate – what a fantastic idea and a great way to bring together teachers and librarians with common questions, ideas & visions!

    1. Nicole Frederickson
    2. 4th Grade – Theodore, Saskatchewan, Canada
    3. Twitter @nbcheshu
    4. morethanblueberries.blogspot.ca

    Thank you in advance for your work in putting this together!

  380. Natalie Hunter
    Posted May 31, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Permalink

    I teach Advanced Placement Literature and Composition 11 in Lewis Center, Ohio

    • Posted May 31, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Permalink

      Glad to have you joining us, Natalie!

  381. Posted May 31, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

    Primary grades
    Twitter: eatingpath2yoga
    *please feel free to email me for more specific info on city/state/grade level

  382. Posted May 31, 2012 at 3:57 pm | Permalink

    Hi! My name is Heidi Myrick and I am an instructional specialist (I work with kids who need a little intervention in literacy or math) for students in grades K-5.

    I’m super-excited about this opportunity! Thanks!

    Now I have something great to look forward to on Monday!!!

    • Posted May 31, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Permalink

      Welcome, Heidi! I’m excited, too!

  383. Posted May 31, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Permalink

    6th Grade Language Arts in Frederick, Md!

    Twitter: MrsKremWKMS

    • Posted May 31, 2012 at 5:05 pm | Permalink

      Welcome, Amanda! Glad you’re joining us!

  384. Posted May 31, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Permalink

    http://davisonkindergarten.blogspot.com
    http://davisonprojects.blogspot.com

    Hi!
    My name is Sharon and I teach Kindergarten in Vermont. I love to write and am really looking forward to writing and connecting with others. I use LOTS of collaborative tools that enhance learning opportunites for children and myself. I have created many blogs and wikis that reflect the amazing things that 5 and 6 year old can do!

    Great idea to do this!

    • Posted May 31, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Permalink

      Oops! My twitter name is @kkidsinvt. My Kindergarten class twitter account that I use with my students is @kkidsinvermont123

      Wasn’t sure how to add this to my previous post! Thanks

    • Posted May 31, 2012 at 5:04 pm | Permalink

      Welcome, Sharon (I’m waving from across the lake!)

  385. Danna York
    Posted May 31, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

    Thank you so much! This sounds so great!!
    I am a writerand an artist~ I have a children`s book called ~ To the Cider Mill~it involves kids to draw along and prepare them for illustration and writing themselves. The book has an fb page~check it out!!
    I also teach drawing and art to kids~ home school, after school,whoever. I home schooled my own children and always taught hs kids literature and writing.
    I am working on more books and LOVE writing.
    Thanks again!!
    Danna York
    Just to check out~
    https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/To-the-Cider-Mill-Danna-York-author/109833769069763
    http://hellohomeschool.blogspot.com/

  386. Erica Robinson
    Posted May 31, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Permalink

    Hi, I’m from Jamaica and I just completed my undergraduate degree in Literacy Studies. I’m not presently in the classroom , but I’m hoping to start in the upcoming school year. I would really like to be a part of this programme as I believe that writing is probably the most neglected of the language arts, yet it is so critical to one’s academic sucess. I do hope that I can join the group.

    • Posted May 31, 2012 at 5:03 pm | Permalink

      You are more than welcome to join us, Erica – happy to have you!

      • Erica Robinson
        Posted May 31, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Permalink

        Thank you so much

  387. Jennifer Weigand
    Posted May 31, 2012 at 4:58 pm | Permalink

    Jennifer Weigand
    Currently teaching 3rd grade
    Columbus, Ohio

    Can’t wait to get started

    • Posted May 31, 2012 at 5:03 pm | Permalink

      Welcome, Jennifer! I’m excited, too!

  388. Shelah
    Posted May 31, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Permalink

    My name is Shelah Novak. I teach 8th grade English in Loudoun County, Virginia.

    I have no twitter account or website or blog.

    I look forward to participating in this wonderful opportunity

  389. Posted May 31, 2012 at 5:30 pm | Permalink

    Hi everyone – I’ve collected all of the twitter handles up to here and have added anyone who doesn’t have a ‘private’ twitter account to this list: http://twitter.com/JoanneLevy/teachers-write
    If anyone else wants to be on the list, I’ll check back here, or you can let me know on Twitter: @JoanneLevy

    • Posted May 31, 2012 at 7:44 pm | Permalink

      You are the BEST. Did I mention that already. Thanks so much, Joanne!!

  390. Tammee Petersen
    Posted May 31, 2012 at 5:38 pm | Permalink

    Tammee Petersen
    4th Grade Dual Language English/ Spanish Teacher – school year
    Literacy/Math Coach – summer school
    Beardstown, Illinois

    I am looking forward to incorporating these ideas during our summer school program!

  391. Kari Routledge
    Posted May 31, 2012 at 5:41 pm | Permalink

    Kari Routledge
    2nd Grade – All Subjects
    Walled Lake Consolidated Schools
    Commerce Township, Michigan

  392. Amba
    Posted May 31, 2012 at 5:53 pm | Permalink

    Learning Specialist

  393. Mary
    Posted May 31, 2012 at 5:56 pm | Permalink

    I teach 4 and 5 year olds in public school in Georgia. I’m a member of NWP but this summer we aren’t having summer institute so this may get me thru my withdrawal from my writing community.

    • Posted May 31, 2012 at 7:43 pm | Permalink

      Welcome, Mary! I think we’re going to have a great writing community here!

  394. Kristin Moon
    Posted May 31, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Permalink

    Hello! Kristin Moon from Oregon here. As of this morning I am teaching 8th grade Math, Science, Language Arts & Social Studies (a.k.a. a 8th grade self-contained classroom). My Twitter account is
    @ogsmoon. School doesn’t end for a couple of weeks here, but I am excited to start this learning adventure!

    • Posted May 31, 2012 at 7:42 pm | Permalink

      Join us whenever you can, Kristin – welcome!

  395. Cari Sadler
    Posted May 31, 2012 at 6:40 pm | Permalink

    M. Cari L. Sadler (students call me M :) )
    9/10th grade Reading/English teacher (next year 11th graders and Semantics and Logic too! Logic…clearly administration doesn’t know me very well. lol)
    I don’t tweet. I don’t have a blog/website (yet)

    Am thrilled to be considered a part of this!

  396. Monique Leonard
    Posted May 31, 2012 at 6:49 pm | Permalink

    Hi my name is Monique Leonard and I am a teacher in Rocky Hill CT. I have taught for 12 years. I am currently a fifth grade teacher but have taught 4th, and 2nd. I look foward to our summer writing.

  397. Jen Meizels
    Posted May 31, 2012 at 7:04 pm | Permalink

    I teach 6th grade reading/LA in Mansfield, CT.

    Twitter: @jmeizels

    Looking forward to working on some writing I can share with my kids next year!

  398. Mike Landroche
    Posted May 31, 2012 at 7:10 pm | Permalink

    @MikeLandroche
    I work with 9th Graders and AP Lit students, and I have for …gulp… 30 years. I think I’m ready to write more than curriculum materials, grades and comments, college recs and Commencement benedictions. Thanks for the opportunity.

  399. Posted May 31, 2012 at 7:32 pm | Permalink

    I teach 4th grade in Taipei and my twitter name is @grafitti101.
    Thank you for offering such a wonderful opportunity!

    • Posted May 31, 2012 at 7:41 pm | Permalink

      Welcome, Kathy! Happy to have you join us!

  400. Marcie Atkins
    Posted May 31, 2012 at 8:09 pm | Permalink

    Marcie Atkins
    4th grade teacher (and writer on the side)
    Salem, VA

  401. Janet Sopczynski
    Posted May 31, 2012 at 8:11 pm | Permalink

    K-12 Literacy Consultant with a local Intermediate School District

  402. Carrie Rom
    Posted May 31, 2012 at 8:21 pm | Permalink

    I work in ESL/EFL grades 10-12. No Twitter but lots of interest!

    • Posted June 1, 2012 at 12:58 am | Permalink

      Welcome, Carrie! Happy to have you join us!

  403. Posted May 31, 2012 at 8:56 pm | Permalink

    This is great! Thank you for getting this going. I’ve shared it with my staff and I hope we have some of them join us.

    Most sincerely,
    Todd

    • Posted June 1, 2012 at 12:58 am | Permalink

      Welcome, Todd! Thanks for sharing with your staff, too!

  404. Debbie
    Posted May 31, 2012 at 8:59 pm | Permalink

    Debbie Tofte
    6th-8th Grade Reading Intervention Teacher/8th Grade Language Arts (reading/writing)
    Live in Sherwood, OR
    Work in Newberg, OR
    On Facebook

  405. Christina Williams
    Posted May 31, 2012 at 9:06 pm | Permalink

    This looks amazing! Just today I was adding your books to my summer reading recommendations list for my 5th graders!

    Christina Williams
    5th grade, Bexley City Schools
    Bexley, Ohio
    @CWilliams2323

    • Posted June 1, 2012 at 12:58 am | Permalink

      Thanks, Christina! And welcome!

  406. Bethany Stoller
    Posted May 31, 2012 at 9:06 pm | Permalink

    1. Bethany Stoller
    2. 6th grade (this school year, next school year I will be teaching 8th grade Writing and Reading) Writing, Reading and Social Studies teacher at Chehalem Valley Middle School in Newberg, Oregon.
    3. I do not have one yet.
    4. I do not have one yet…I have been debating whether or not to have one!

  407. Liz Deskins
    Posted May 31, 2012 at 9:24 pm | Permalink

    What a testimony to social networking! Can’t wait for this authentic PD, with a hundred of soon to be writing partners.
    I’m Liz Deskins, a library media specialist currently enjoying the challenge of engaging high school readers after 25 years in an amazingly literacy rich elementary setting. My twitter handle is “library”‘and my blog is
    wanderingandwonderinginlibraryland.blogspot.com/.

    • Posted June 1, 2012 at 12:57 am | Permalink

      Welcome, Liz! Happy you’ll be joining us!

  408. Posted May 31, 2012 at 9:45 pm | Permalink

    Thanks to Kate & team for providing this opportunity! Time to finally get serious about the middle-grade novel I’ve been brainstorming so long…

    1. Katy Manck, librarian-at-large, Gilmer TX
    2. project development & publicity for the GiggleIT Project of International Association of School Librarianship (free online international writing project for kids & teens) – http://www.iasl-online.org/sla/giggleIT/index.htm
    3. http://BooksYALove.blogspot.com – I recommend young adult books beyond bestsellers
    4. @BooksYALove

  409. Jane Wiederholt
    Posted May 31, 2012 at 9:45 pm | Permalink

    I am a retired teacher (10-12) and librarian (K-6). I’ve taken one of Molly Beth Griffin’s classes at the Loft in Minneapolis. Hoping you are admitting retirees too:)

    • Posted June 1, 2012 at 12:56 am | Permalink

      Happy to have you join us, Jane!

      • Jane Wiederholt
        Posted June 1, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Permalink

        Thank you SO much, Kate! This is going to be a wonderful summer!

  410. Posted May 31, 2012 at 9:54 pm | Permalink

    Name: Peg D
    Role: Instructional Assistant with Kindergarten and reading intervention with 2, 5, 6, as well as doing “Success” time with 4th grade.
    Location: Northern Indiana
    No twitter

    http://archermom.blogspot.com/
    I love to write but don’t do it enough. Hoping this will motivate me. :-)

  411. Posted May 31, 2012 at 10:09 pm | Permalink

    Hi! My name is Erin Pennington. I teach 3rd grade all subjects in San Antonio, Texas and I just love teaching writing. I have no Twitter account or website, but lots of enthusiasm! I am so excited about this opportunity. Many thanks for doing this.

    • Posted June 1, 2012 at 12:55 am | Permalink

      Happy to have you join us, Erin!

  412. Tricia Cook
    Posted May 31, 2012 at 10:20 pm | Permalink

    Hi, I’m Tricia and I’m a 5th grade language arts teacher in Skiatook, OK. I’m looking forward to this camp!

  413. Posted May 31, 2012 at 10:47 pm | Permalink

    Wow, Kate! This must be a record (or mp3, maybe) for comments! Anyway, sounds like fun. I’ll be working on a big project this summer as well as lots of unCCSS stuff for my district. This sounds like a great daily warm-up for all the (ahem) serious stuff.

    I am west of Boston. During the school year I teach two sections of Grade 8 English and do curriculum work/guest-teach/team-teach/coach in other middle school classrooms the rest of the time. Off hours, I “extra, extra, blog all about it” at kenc.edublogs.org.

    See you soon.

    • Posted June 1, 2012 at 12:55 am | Permalink

      Welcome, Ken! (and yes…I’m kind of blown away by all the comments – exciting stuff!)

  414. sheri barth-johnston
    Posted May 31, 2012 at 10:52 pm | Permalink

    What a great idea – would love to participate.

    sebj830@gmail.com
    no website
    don’t twitter

    Sheri Barth-Johnston, teach special education (LBS) at Crow Island School in Winnetka, IL

  415. Esmeralda Garza
    Posted May 31, 2012 at 11:03 pm | Permalink

    Hello, my name is Esmeralda Garza. I have been teaching 4th grade for 6 years. Thanks for making this possible!

    4th Grade SLA/ELA
    San Antonio, TX
    Twitter @ esgarza1

  416. Posted May 31, 2012 at 11:04 pm | Permalink

    I teach 1st, 2nd, and 7th grade currently, plus a class of teens once a week on literature studies. (Yes, we home school.) I suppose I’ve taught the gambit of preschool through elementary to this point, but it’s not until this last year (after 10+ years of teaching) that I finally decided to categorize myself as an educator. I mean seriously, other than writing, that’s what I do.

    This sounds like a ton of fun, but since we school through the summers (they’re an optimal time to be indoors in Florida), I will only be able to participate one or two days a week. I do look forward to it.

    @crystalcollier1

    • Posted June 1, 2012 at 12:54 am | Permalink

      Welcome, Crystal! Just join us when it works for you.

  417. Marsha Bank
    Posted May 31, 2012 at 11:10 pm | Permalink

    I am a third grade classroom teacher in Commack, NY
    @MarshaJB23

    We don’t finish school until June 22, but I will try my best to write as much as I can.

    Thanks.

    • Posted June 1, 2012 at 12:54 am | Permalink

      Just join us when you can, Marsha!

  418. April Townsend
    Posted May 31, 2012 at 11:11 pm | Permalink

    1.April Townsend
    2. 4th grade in Dalton, Ga

  419. Katrin Beinroth
    Posted May 31, 2012 at 11:29 pm | Permalink

    Katrin Beinroth
    Fifth Grade Teacher
    Mayagüez, Puerto Rico
    @kbeinroth

    This is a fantastic idea, thank you!

  420. Posted May 31, 2012 at 11:40 pm | Permalink

    I teach 4th graders in Rochester, NY. This sounds like a fabulous opportunity. One of our favorite memories this year was blogging with you about Gianna Z! Many thanks. ~ Theresa

    • Posted June 1, 2012 at 12:53 am | Permalink

      Welcome, Theresa! So happy you’re going to write with us this summer!

  421. Posted May 31, 2012 at 11:41 pm | Permalink

    Kate, you’re a rock star on so many levels! I would love to join if possible:
    1. Marissa Graff
    2. Currently teaching 1st grade in Northern Virginia, but about to go on hiatus to start an MFA program in Children’s Literature.
    3. Twitter: 4YALit (shared with Martina Boone) and blogging at Adventures in YA & Children’s Publishing (http://childrenspublishing.blogspot.com)

  422. Patty Keener
    Posted May 31, 2012 at 11:51 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the great opportunity!
    I teach 3rd grade in Orlando,FL

  423. Posted June 1, 2012 at 12:01 am | Permalink

    Kate, your efforts are much appreciated! You’re a rock star on many levels :) Hope you can squeeze me in!

    1.Marissa Graff
    2. Currently a 1st grade teacher in Northern Virginia, but about to go on hiatus to pursue an MFA in Children’s Literature.
    3.@4YALit, shared with Martina Boone
    4. http://childrenspublishing.blogspot.com/

    • Posted June 1, 2012 at 12:53 am | Permalink

      Happy to have you join us, Marissa!

  424. Wanda Zehr Anderson
    Posted June 1, 2012 at 12:01 am | Permalink

    Wanda Zehr Anderson
    Title I Reading Specialist, K-5th
    Arlington, VA

  425. Erin Ochoa
    Posted June 1, 2012 at 12:04 am | Permalink

    Erin Ochoa
    English teacher: grades 10, 11 & 12
    @erinneo

    Looking forward to this!!

  426. Sheila Cochrane
    Posted June 1, 2012 at 12:17 am | Permalink

    Sheila Cochrane
    K-4 Literacy Specialist/Coach

    Looking forward to the writing ahead :)

  427. Stacey Callaway
    Posted June 1, 2012 at 12:21 am | Permalink

    Stacey Callaway
    6th Grade ELA
    Midland, Texas
    On Twitter I’m BookGirlStacey

    • Posted June 1, 2012 at 12:52 am | Permalink

      Hi, Stacey! Glad you’re joining us!

  428. Courtney McDonald
    Posted June 1, 2012 at 12:46 am | Permalink

    1. I teach sixth grade language arts in northern Virginia…about 30 miles outside of Washington, D.C. I’m just finishing my eighth year teaching. I really enjoy teaching, but teaching writing has always been a struggle, as I don’t feel that I’m a writer myself (except for writing papers for college and grad school!). I’m really eager to become a better writer myself, so that I can help my students.

  429. Maribel
    Posted June 1, 2012 at 1:36 am | Permalink

    Looking forward to becoming a better writer so that I can better serve my students.
    I teach 5th grade Dual Language in Englewood, NJ.

  430. ChrisVA
    Posted June 1, 2012 at 1:51 am | Permalink

    Chris Flench
    Librarian PreK-5
    Manassas, Virginia
    no blog or twitter yet… but maybe that’s on the horizon.
    Thanks for hosting such a worthy project this summer!!!

    • Posted June 1, 2012 at 11:22 am | Permalink

      Welcome, Chris! Happy to have you join us!

  431. Catherine Smith
    Posted June 1, 2012 at 1:55 am | Permalink

    Sprinkle of fresh stories and a dash of writer’s block! I’ve been teaching special education students for 8 out of 12 years with primary aged students. It’s been a long time since I’ve taught writing.

  432. Meg Ouellette
    Posted June 1, 2012 at 1:55 am | Permalink

    Kate,
    I am throwing caution to the wind and joining the summer writing camp. I know I will be all the better for it.
    I am a fifth grade teacher
    Ridgefield, CT
    twitter: @shogem84
    shogem@wordpress.com

    • Posted June 1, 2012 at 11:22 am | Permalink

      Welcome, Meg! I’m excited to write with everyone this summer!

  433. Tracy Gomez
    Posted June 1, 2012 at 1:57 am | Permalink

    I am a fourth grade ELA teacher and I am excited about this. Thanks for offering. Writing is the main content area I teach and I am looking for new ideas!

  434. Lori D
    Posted June 1, 2012 at 2:09 am | Permalink

    6th and 7th grade ELA
    Deerfield, MI
    Not tweeting or blogging

    • Posted June 1, 2012 at 11:21 am | Permalink

      Hi, Lori! Glad you’re joining us!

  435. Mary Jane Narog
    Posted June 1, 2012 at 2:21 am | Permalink

    I am an elementary Media Sspecialist. I love books and want to know more about the writing process. On Twitter I am Queenslace515.

  436. Debbie Shaw
    Posted June 1, 2012 at 2:29 am | Permalink

    Debbie Shaw
    Elementary Reading Specialist
    Gainesville, VA
    @canddshaw

  437. Claudine DiMuzio
    Posted June 1, 2012 at 2:31 am | Permalink

    Claudine DiMUzio
    Principal
    Hauppauge, NY

    Thanks for this exciting opportunity!

  438. Posted June 1, 2012 at 2:38 am | Permalink

    Denise La Fave
    7th grade language arts/reading teacher
    @dlafavorite (do not use it often lately)
    http://www.nopermissionrequired.blogspot.com (personal and catch all)
    http://www.justwriteniecy.blogspot.com (writing practice and Slice of Life)

  439. Cindy Skibinski
    Posted June 1, 2012 at 3:05 am | Permalink

    Cindy Skibinski
    6th grade language arts and one reading/writing class for struggling students
    Oak Creek Wi
    @cskibins

    Thank you for this exciting opportunity!! Its just what I’ve been looking for as I’ve got readers’ workshop going but still need to improve the writing element.

    • Posted June 1, 2012 at 11:20 am | Permalink

      Welcome, Cindy! I think it’ll be a great summer!

  440. Kim Barrett
    Posted June 1, 2012 at 3:19 am | Permalink

    Kim Barrett
    First Grade
    Southern California
    writekimwrite.wordpress.com

    Thank you for this opportunity!

  441. Amii Williams
    Posted June 1, 2012 at 3:42 am | Permalink

    I teach 8th graders in Dalton, Georgia. My current language arts classroom will change to a literacy collaborative classroom next year, so i wll be teaching both reading an writing next year. I majored in writing college, but I have not had time to write for pleasure in a long time. I am currently working on a non-fiction book which is foreign to me because my normal writing genre is fiction. I am looking forward to dusting off my skills and getting out of my witing comfort zone. Like many teachers, I feel that enthusiasm teaches as much as any lesson. When the students see that you are excited about writing, it usually rubs off on them as well. Happy writing everybody!

    • Amii Williams
      Posted June 1, 2012 at 3:46 am | Permalink

      Please forgive the typos in my previous message. I hit send before I had an opportunity to proof read.

    • Posted June 1, 2012 at 11:20 am | Permalink

      Welcome! We’re happy to have you join us!

  442. Posted June 1, 2012 at 3:58 am | Permalink

    Janice Toomajian
    PreK – 5 librarian, Troy, NY
    http://www.brittonkill.k12.ny.us/toomajianweb/

    • Posted June 1, 2012 at 11:19 am | Permalink

      Welcome, Janice! You’re actually not too far from me – I’m just south of Plattsburgh!

  443. Posted June 1, 2012 at 4:57 am | Permalink

    Trish d’Entremont
    4th, 5th multiage class
    Cardiff School District
    Cardiff, CA
    http://www.cardiffschools.com//Domain/30

  444. Posted June 1, 2012 at 5:03 am | Permalink

    I am looking forward to summer camp!

    Amy Weisberg
    Transitional Kindergarten teacher, Topanga, California
    No Twitter
    http://www.betweenthewords.wordpress.com
    http://www.topangaweisberg.weebly.com

    Will weekly assignments be emailed or given via FB?

    • Posted June 1, 2012 at 11:18 am | Permalink

      Hi, Amy! The schedule above (weekdays here, Fridays at Gae Polisner’s blog, & Sundays at Teach Mentor Texts) all happens online. We’re not emailing assignments, but you can bookmark this site: http://www.katemessner/com/blog and check in each day, and I’ll also try to remember to post links on the FB page.

  445. Posted June 1, 2012 at 5:28 am | Permalink

    Very excited to do this! Thanks for the free PD!

  446. Posted June 1, 2012 at 5:30 am | Permalink

    Oops – didn’t follow directions. It’s late.
    Julie Crocker
    4th grade teacher in Albuquerque
    http://sunsandstone.blogspot.com/ is my blog

    • Posted June 1, 2012 at 11:17 am | Permalink

      Welcome, Julie! Glad you’re joining us!

  447. Maggie K.
    Posted June 1, 2012 at 5:42 am | Permalink

    Twitter: @maggiekobewka

  448. Posted June 1, 2012 at 9:11 am | Permalink

    1. Jennifer Kesler
    2. Literacy Coach at a K-6 PYP International School in Shanghai, China
    3. No Twitter name
    4. http://web.me.com/aggiekesler/myjourneyabroad/Blog/Blog.html

    Looking forward to the writing challenge!! Thanks for hosting! :)
    Jennifer

    • Posted June 1, 2012 at 11:16 am | Permalink

      Welcome, Jennifer! I’m excited about our writing summer, too!

  449. Donalyn Miller
    Posted June 1, 2012 at 10:39 am | Permalink

    Donalyn Miller
    4th grade self-contained (new job! I’m still not used to writing this, yet!)
    Fort Worth, TX
    @donalynbooks
    I don’t have a blog of my own, but I do post for EdWeek and Nerdy Book Club from time to time.

    • Posted June 1, 2012 at 11:16 am | Permalink

      Happy to see you here, my friend – and I know people will be so excited to write alongside you.

    • Emily Slaughter
      Posted June 1, 2012 at 11:22 pm | Permalink

      Hi Donalyn!!

      Fourth grade! That’s exciting! Wish I could join you.
      Love coaching, but missing a small group of my own kiddos! Best of luck to you!

  450. Posted June 1, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

    I made some lofty goals for writing this summer. I think this camp will help me meet them. Excited to meet other teacher-writers, too.

    Margaret Simon
    Gifted elementary grades 1-6
    http://reflectionsontheteche.wordpress.com

  451. Posted June 1, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Permalink

    Hi! I’d love to join.

    Lisa Rosenman
    currently 2nd grade teacher, Somers, CT
    @lisarosenman
    http://lisathewordnerd.wordpress.com

  452. Vicki Hall
    Posted June 1, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

    1. Vicki Hall
    2. K-5 Library Media Specialist Springfield, IL for 5 schools
    3. Twitter – @VickiHall

  453. Eileen Alston
    Posted June 1, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Permalink

    I’m a fourth grade teacher in upstate New York. In the past our Teacher Center offered writing workshops and retreats, but their funding was cut. I am very excited to have found a chance to be part of a writing community. Thank you!

  454. Posted June 1, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Permalink

    Erin Subcleff
    2nd grade teacher in Kirkland WA …. I am also working on getting my library media specialist endorsement.
    no twitter
    I have a book/art blog that has been long abandoned. perhaps I will start it back up soon!
    http://www.messyartdesk.blogspot.com

    • Posted June 1, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

      Hi, Erin! Glad you’re joining us!

  455. Posted June 1, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Permalink

    Hi again! I’ve just gone through and added a bunch more people to the twitter list (up to and including Donalyn – so I have a placeholder for when I next check). If you want to subscribe to the list it’s here: http://twitter.com/JoanneLevy/teachers-write and if I missed you, please let me know on Twitter @joannelevy

  456. Teri Poulos
    Posted June 1, 2012 at 3:04 pm | Permalink

    Teri Poulos
    High School English, New Concord, Ohio
    Not using Twitter right now, really
    No blog or website – yet, right?

  457. Posted June 1, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

    I was laid off from my school and have always wanted to writea children’s book…this seems like the perfect way to get motivated! Thank you for the great idea!

    1. Neha Dhruv
    2. Library Media Specialist, Looking for a position in the Chicagoland area
    3. MsDhruv
    4. orange3sides.blogspot.com/2012/04/orange-triangle.html (highly under construction!)

  458. Kristi Lonheim
    Posted June 1, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Permalink

    Wow! There are nearly as many people here as my entire school. I am so excited!

    Kristi Lonheim
    6th grade L.A. (new to me from ES)
    Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
    @lonheim
    http://imwritingtoo.blogspot.com

    • Posted June 1, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Permalink

      Welcome, Kristi! I’m excited, too!

  459. Marti
    Posted June 1, 2012 at 5:06 pm | Permalink

    This sounds wonderful (and fun)!
    I teach 10th graders at an urban charter school in Pawtucket, RI. No twitter, no blog, just lots and lots of writing…..

  460. Debby Smith
    Posted June 1, 2012 at 5:20 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for this incredible opportunity!

    Debby Smith
    6th grade teacher, Castle Rock, CO

    • Posted June 1, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Permalink

      Welcome, Debby! Happy to have you as part of the community!

  461. Heidi Mussachio
    Posted June 1, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Permalink

    I’d like to join you this summer!

    1. Heidi Mussachio
    2. High School Librarian & previous Elementary Librarian, Amherst, New York
    3. @msmuss
    4. msmuss.wordpress. com

    • Posted June 1, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Permalink

      Happy to have you join us, Heidi!

    • Posted June 1, 2012 at 11:28 pm | Permalink

      Hey–another local person! I teach at Sweet Home.

  462. Posted June 1, 2012 at 6:01 pm | Permalink

    Casey Mulligan Walsh
    Speech-Language Pathologist at a public school just east of Troy, NY
    Think I’m on Twitter but haven’t used it in ages, so maybe it’s inactive…I need to check this out.
    http://www.brittonkill.k12.ny.us/walshweb (my school webpage)
    I’m excited to join in this project – two of my fellow faculty members are already here as well. I’ve been writing memoir for the last year, so I hope that genre works for this camp. Looking forward to it!

    • Posted June 1, 2012 at 6:16 pm | Permalink

      Welcome, Casey! Any genre will work, but thanks for letting me know. I’ll see what I can do about finding a guest author to talk specifically about memoir.

  463. Julie Hart
    Posted June 1, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Permalink

    I teach 5th grade Reading/Language Arts. Excited to do some writing this summer.

  464. Beth
    Posted June 1, 2012 at 6:40 pm | Permalink

    Hello all!

    Super super excited to join! I promise that I will stop with the exclamation points but this is such a fun idea and it’s down to the last week of school to boot!

    Beth Bryden-Miller
    Loudoun County in Northern Virginia (but a transplant from Michigan, really)
    Middle School Librarian (former language arts teacher with the quirky seventh graders)

    No blog or Twitter yet (though this might be the last push I need to sign up for Twitter)

    (I’ll also stop with all the parentheticals, maybe.)

    • Posted June 2, 2012 at 1:11 am | Permalink

      Welcome, Beth! (I have no problem with exclamation points. I’m excited, too!!)

  465. Patricia Reich
    Posted June 1, 2012 at 7:06 pm | Permalink

    Middle School Librarian

    Thank you for this opportunity.

  466. Claire Myers
    Posted June 1, 2012 at 7:07 pm | Permalink

    Hi, I am an English teacher for 16-19 year olds in the UK, are Brits allowed to join too?

    • Posted June 2, 2012 at 1:10 am | Permalink

      Of course! We actually have teachers & librarians from at least four continents now!

  467. Posted June 1, 2012 at 8:56 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for putting this together. I was ready to go at this all alone this summer until I saw your post. Thank God for Twitter! (Did I just say that?)

    1. Misti Segura
    2. 7th and 8th grade ELA teacher of some really smart kids in Baton Rouge, LA
    3. @MistiSegura
    4. http://www.seguraclass.blogspot.com/

  468. Jennifer Maxwell
    Posted June 1, 2012 at 9:06 pm | Permalink

    Jennifer Maxwell
    4th Grade at Illahee Elementary School in Camas, Washington
    Thank you for providing this opportunity! :-)

    • Posted June 2, 2012 at 1:10 am | Permalink

      Welcome, Jennifer! So glad you’ll be writing with us this summer!

  469. Mary Yockey
    Posted June 1, 2012 at 10:13 pm | Permalink

    Dear Kate, This is a great idea! I’m so glad I found your cozy group on the first day of summer vacation. Thank you for bringing us all together on this creative adventure. -Mary

    1. Mary Yockey
    2. 6-8 Library Media Specialist, Naperville, IL
    3. @readergurl
    4. Not yet

    • Posted June 2, 2012 at 1:09 am | Permalink

      Great timing, Mary – welcome!

  470. Penny Murray
    Posted June 1, 2012 at 11:03 pm | Permalink

    K-8 teacher (I get moved every year, so I never know!)
    Grass Lake, MI
    SpottedGirl on Twitter, but I haven’t tweeted previously.

    Looking forward to this experience with all of you!

  471. Emily Slaughter
    Posted June 1, 2012 at 11:19 pm | Permalink

    I’m a K-5 Literacy Coach in
    League City, Texas

    Very excited to have some writing support for the summer! Thank you!

    • Posted June 2, 2012 at 1:09 am | Permalink

      Welcome, Emily! Happy you’re joining us!

  472. Posted June 1, 2012 at 11:26 pm | Permalink

    David Etkin

    6th grade ELA, Amherst, NY (Sweet Home Middle School)

    @davidaetkin

    http://Www.mretome.wordpress.com

  473. Posted June 1, 2012 at 11:47 pm | Permalink

    I am so looking forward to this! Here’s my information:
    Tara Smith
    6th. Grade Language Arts/Social Studies/Writing Workshop teacher in Glen Rock, New Jersey.
    Just got on Twitter, and proceedIng slowly: @tara_smith5
    My blog: A Teaching Life:
    http://tmsteach.blogspot.com/

    • Posted June 2, 2012 at 1:08 am | Permalink

      Welcome, Tara! Glad you’re joining us!

  474. Posted June 1, 2012 at 11:51 pm | Permalink

    David Etkin
    6th ELA @ Sweet Home Middle in Amherst NY
    Twitter handle: @davidaetkin

    Blog: http://www.mretome.com

    Sooooo…where in WNY are you from, Kate?

    • Posted June 2, 2012 at 1:08 am | Permalink

      I grew up in Medina – In high school, we played volleyball against Sweet Home (and ALWAYS lost – they were amazing!)

  475. Allysson
    Posted June 2, 2012 at 12:08 am | Permalink

    Sign me up!

    Allysson Vallieu
    11th and 12th grade ELA + Journalism + ACT English, Dayton, Ohio
    @AllyssonVallieu

    How exciting!

  476. Posted June 2, 2012 at 12:27 am | Permalink

    Kristen
    elementary substitute teacher in RI
    @kristen_papa
    http://readcreateplay.blogspot

    • Posted June 2, 2012 at 1:07 am | Permalink

      Welcome, Kristen! Happy you’re joining us!

  477. Ashley Kent
    Posted June 2, 2012 at 12:35 am | Permalink

    Ashley Kent
    I’m certified 4-9 language arts and social studies. I’m not sure exactly what/if I’m teaching next year, currently I teach 5-7 language arts in Dayton, Ohio.

  478. Posted June 2, 2012 at 12:41 am | Permalink

    I am an ESL & German teacher and teacher trainer who loves to write, which includes blogging and tweeting.
    Collaborating with others to improve my writing skills is something I am looking forward to!

  479. Posted June 2, 2012 at 1:06 am | Permalink

    I used to teach middle school Language Arts – but this summer I’m finishing up my M.Ed. in Reading Education. I hope to get back to the middle school – love me some seventh grade minds!!!

    Charlottesville, VA

    I am so excited about this writing workshop. Thank you!

    • Posted June 2, 2012 at 1:07 am | Permalink

      Welcome, Anne! Happy to have you joining us!

  480. Amanda Lucero
    Posted June 2, 2012 at 2:14 am | Permalink