Whether you are writing to fill holes in your current curriculum, to provide more windows & mirrors for your students to see themselves in your classroom library, or simply to add good stories to the language learner experience, come enjoy the support of our writers group!
Every week our intention is to complete a new short story (of 500 words or less) within about 90 minutes. We start with a prompt and quickly free write to develop the kernel of an idea. Then, sharing our initial ideas in small groups, we help each other build our story ideas, develop unexpected plot twists, and recognize strong themes buried in the initial free write. We’ll end our 60 minute session with a short whole group conversation about what is working in our writing to keep you motivated to continue writing throughout the week. After our group session each writer is encouraged to finish their short story, incorporating ideas generated in small group to make a finished story.
Over the course of our 15 weeks together I expect that some authors will develop characters and plots that might expand into a full novel. I will be happy, however, if each writer simply creates a set of extremely short, easy to read stories that helps smooth the transition to reading full novels in class. The EXTREMELY short VERY EASY to read short story is the solution!
No problem if you miss a class; we start fresh every session with a new prompt!