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What a Night!: Fremd High School’s #WriteNite

Kudos to Fremd High School for holding its first Write Nite last night as a fund-raiser for their mighty Writers Week program. (Disclaimer: Although I was an organizer for Fremd’s Writers Week for many years, my only involvement in Write … Continue reading

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¿What’s Not Wrong?: The Shirt

I’m super-excited to visit Fremd High School in a few weeks as part of Writers Week XXI, a top-notch writing-palooza. This is the first edition of Writers Week that I haven’t been involved in as an organizer, and I’m as … Continue reading

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Remembering Donna Douglas, Little Jimmy Dickens, and Miller Williams

For those of us who lean country, it was kind of a rough weekend as we learned of the almost simultaneous passings of Donna Douglas, Little Jimmy Dickens, and Miller Williams. Blame it all on my roots, but I’m lucky … Continue reading

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Writers Week XX: Let’s Go

Tomorrow morning our school begins Writers Week XX, our annual celebration of writing. During every period of the day for an entire week our auditorium will be the setting for a session about what writing is and what it means … Continue reading

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Teaching Writing from the Inside Out

It took me a long time before I could say, “I am a writer.” I now proudly claim that Writer mantle because I spend a fair amount of time stringing together words, trying to say something worthwhile as engagingly as … Continue reading

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Writers Week XVIII: Let’s Roll

Writers Week XVIII starts at our school in, oh, a little less than ten hours, and I’m thrilled to see a student posting this on Twitter tonight: “Honestly excited for school this week #ww18” That’s what it’s all about: pairing … Continue reading

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That Was Fun! — Zapping Apathy at #NCTE11

Thanks to everyone who attended our presentations at NCTE this weekend. If you’re looking for the handouts, scroll down any time! Tony Romano and I were happy to see our friends Jodi Douglas Moeller and Douglas Jameson from Hazelwood West … Continue reading

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Anybody Else Excited about NCTE11 in Chicago?

The 2011 NCTE annual convention is now just around the corner. I can’t wait. This will be my fourth convention, and nothing has ever come close to energizing my teaching as the experiences I’ve had at these gatherings. This year … Continue reading

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Writers Week Memory: Billy Collins, 2001

Many of my colleagues and I have been fans of Billy Collins for years. When we approached the Steven Barclay Agency in 2000 to see if we could possibly bring him to our school’s Writers Week, we were hopeful but … Continue reading

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Writers Week: 17 Years of “The Best Week Ever”

Back in 1995, we were mired in another boring in-service session, trying to look like we were fulfilling the mandate of the day. Then somebody—we’re not sure exactly who—wondered aloud about what it would be like to do something that … Continue reading

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