October 2, 2020Writer as Reader workshops model writing practices that inspire students to read more carefully, to grasp the meaning in more complex texts, and to infer meaning from what they read. These workshops invite secondary and college teachers to consider “writing to read” as a central classroom practice, one that shows rather than tells students how writing clarifies the meaning of texts. Working with diverse writing-to-read strategies, workshop participants discover what they bring to the text, what is apparent in the text, what is inferred, and what questions the text poses.
This year, IWT’s Writer as Reader workshops will be held on October 2 and November 6, 2020. As always, the lineup includes sessions on novels, poetry, nonfiction, historical documents, STEM texts, and other media. Each workshop will highlight writing-to-read strategies that foster close reading and help readers develop an appreciation for the connections between different but related texts. Drawing on the IWT faculty’s experiences as teachers of writing, history, and literature, Writer as Reader workshops emphasize the pedagogical value of teaching texts that are unfamiliar to students, prompting them to read closely, critically, and with attentiveness and an open mind.
These workshops offer opportunities for critical reading and discussion of the works presented, while modeling writing and reading activities that can focus class discussion, help students engage with difficult material, and emphasize the social character of all learning.
IWT can also bring a Writer as Reader workshop to your school. If you are interested, please contact Associate Director Celia Bland (845-758-7544 | firstname.lastname@example.org) or Assistant Director Michelle Hoffman (845-758-7432 | email@example.com).