Becoming a Workshop Facilitator

Writing workshops can be taught by anyone who has had experience participating in a writing workshop and is committed to popular education. The key to being an effective writing workshop teacher is a deep respect for the dignity and experience of those participating in the workshop, the desire to learn from the writers as much…

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Developing Writing Prompts

At each session the group members have conversations about topics that are important to their lives, and in the course of discussion ideas for writing topics emerge. When it comes time to write, the teacher suggests one or two writing prompts based on particularly compelling issues the group has discussed, and also solicits writing prompt…

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Feedback and revisions

At the end of each session, the teacher takes the writings home—as long as the writers are willing to give them to the teacher—in order to provide written feedback to each writer. The teacher’s comments take the form of supportive affirmations of what was written, questions that come to mind, suggestions for further exploration, identification of compelling turns of…

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Beyond the Workshop: Taking Action

The focus of the writing workshops is on the writing and sharing of stories, creation of a strong community of writers, and publication of writings in a magazine. However, sometimes a writing group will decide they want to do something about an issue they have written about and discussed. The group may continue to meet to develop a…

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