Teachers Write 2016!

TWSummer2016Welcome! Teachers Write is a community of teachers, librarians, and authors who believe that people who teach writing are most effective when they are truly writers themselves. I’m children’s author and educator Kate Messner, and I launched the Teachers Write! virtual summer writing camp on my blog after a Twitter conversation with Teachers Write co-conspirators Jen Vincent and Gae Polisner in 2012. We started working together to sprout an organic, relaxed, and unique professional development activity for teachers and librarians, and before long, a supportive and passionate community of writers had bloomed. These days, more than 2500 enthusiastic teachers & librarians are part of the community, and we hope you’ll join us this summer, too!

Summer 2016 dates for Teachers Write will be June 27th-August 5th. Click here to sign up and write with us!** 

** If you fill out the online registration form by May 26th, you’ll be entered to win $1250 Scholastic Dollars for your school, to be spent at your book fair or warehouse sale! We’re going to draw TWO names to win these $1250 prizes for their schools. 

Our goal is to provide opportunities and encouragement for writing, learning, and sharing, with support from published authors who donate their time to visit and join our conversations. Daily posts – mini-lesson Mondays, Tuesday and Thursday quick-writes, and our weekly Wednesday Q&A with authors – are all hosted on Kate’s blog, with links to Jo’s, Gae’s, and Jen’s blogs for Monday Morning warm-ups, Friday Feedback, and Sunday check-ins. You’re always invited to share your writing and/or join the conversation with guest authors in the comments! If you’d like to have Teachers Write posts delivered directly to your email in-box, just subscribe to Kate’s blog by clicking on the link and filling out your name & email on the right to receive updates. Here’s more about what you can expect each day:

Mini-Lesson Mondays: Mondays feature mini-lessons on writing craft or logistics. We’ll share a workshop-style lesson with ideas, tips, and examples, and then there will be something to work on during the week. Jo also gets our writing juices flowing with Monday Morning Warm-Ups on her blog. 

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 .  Our guest authors will answer! 

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 Reflections and Feedback Friday: Fridays will often feature a guest author’s essay, along with virtual lemonade.  Author Gae Polisner will also host Feedback Friday on her blog, where you can share your work, get ideas, and offer feedback to others.

Weekend reflections & Sunday check-in – Weekends are for recharging, spending time with family and friends…and that includes online writing friends, too!  We’ll sometimes have thoughtful essays from guest authors on weekends, and along with that, teacher-writer Jen Vincent hosts a Sunday check-in on her blog, Teach Mentor Texts.  

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 is free. However, our organizers put many hours into planning & running the online camp, and those are hours that are no longer available to do the work of promoting our books.  So if you’re participating in Teachers Write, we’re requesting that you pre-order three new books when you sign up – Kate’s THE SEVENTH WISH, Gae’s THE MEMORY OF THINGS, and Jo’s STILL A WORK IN PROGRESS. That’ll run you about $45 total – which is the cheapest professional development around (and you get to keep the books!)  We won’t check on anyone – it’s all honor system – but if you can, we’d truly appreciate it if you’d support our books in this way. If you truly can’t swing that expense right now, we’d still love for you to participate this summer and would ask that you support our books in a different way – by requesting them at your local library, borrowing them, and writing online reviews. This is also a great way to say thanks when you’ve loved a post by one of our volunteer guest authors! 

If you’re a teacher or librarian, we’d love to have you write with us this summer!  Here’s how to follow the conversations and join the community.

First, use this link to sign up!

Join our Teachers Write community on Facebook .

Follow us on Twitter for Teachers Write news. (@katemessner

@mentortexts  @gaepol  @joknowles)

To learn more about my books for kids (and teachers!), click on the covers below:

The Seventh Wish

 Ranger in Time -- Long Road to FreedomRanger in Time -- Race to the South Pole

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TreeofWonder

 

 

 

 

 

 

Questions? Fill out my contact form with your name, email address, and message.

Happy Writing!

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