Writer as Reader: Discovering New Ways into the Text


Writer as Reader: Discovering New Ways into the Text 
“I treasure the time I spend at Bard’s IWT workshops. I find it completely refreshing and illuminating and I leave with the desire to write more and more.”    

— High School/Early College 2016 participant

September 28, 2018

2018 Writer as Readers are scheduled for September 28th and November 2nd.
Watch this space for more information!

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

Among the key criteria for English/Language Arts is a focus on the close reading of texts—preparing students to read more carefully, grasp the meaning in more complex texts, and to infer meaning from what they read. IWT’s “Writer as Reader” workshops model writing practices that support close reading and Common Core standards in all subjects, and 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 meaning in literary, historical, and nonfiction texts. These techniques are the starting point for each workshop.

IWT workshops also invite readers to find their own ways into a text. Working with diverse writing-to-read strategies, workshop participants discover what they bring to the text, what is noticeable in the text and what is inferred, and what questions the text poses.
This year we will include sessions on novels, poetry, nonfiction, historical documents, STEM texts, and other media. As educators have come to expect, these workshops focus on putting texts into conversations with other texts, with historical events, and digital media.  The “Writer as Reader” workshops also model writing and reading activities that can focus class discussion, help students engage with difficult material, and emphasize the social character of all learning.

+ The Rarer Action: MLK and The Tempest

+ Psychology in the Classroom: To The Lighthouse and Are You My Mother?

+ "In the American Grain": William Carlos Williams, Robert Creeley,
    Lorine Niedecker, and What is Meant by an ‘American Voice’

+ Mythic Images in Modern Times: The Metamorphosis of Ovid’s Metamorphoses

+ Whose Dream? The Great Gatsby and Between the World and Me
(Due to popular demand, 2nd workshop has been added!)

+ Rebels and Angels: Jane Eyre—A Performative Workshop 

+ Science and the Sense of Wonder: Primo Levi’s Periodic Table and Charles Darwin’s Voyage of the Beagle