Abby Laber has been teaching high school and college English for almost 40 years. For the past twenty, she has worked at Concord Academy in Massachusetts where she has developed courses on Shakespeare, memoir, close reading, creative nonfiction and the academic essay. She also runs a seminar for new teachers and facilitates Critical Friends Group. 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—the "Overview and Inventory"—at NEATE and NYSEC, and is working on a textbook about O&I and the exploratory essay. Recently, she has studied teaching through performance at Shakespeare's Globe.