Abby Laber has been teaching high school and college English for over 30 years. For the past ten, she has worked at Concord Academy in Massachusetts where she has developed courses on memoir, close reading and the academic essay, and also runs a seminar for new teachers. Abby received her A.B. from Harvard University. Through NEH and with the Calderwood Writer’s Initiative, Abby studied composition theory and memoir; she has been taking part in IWT workshops since the Institute began. Abby has presented her approach to close reading at NEATE and NYSEC, and is working on a textbook about teaching the exploratory essay.