Spring Call for Blogs

Pre-service teachers have a unique perspective to add to the Writers Who Care blog. This call is for all preservice teachers to share how writing lives in their lives, their teacher preparation programs, and in their fieldwork. We would love to know more about the following: How are you being taught to teach writing? What…

Ordering Experience: Poetry Powers

by Melissa Bryan Seeking Simultaneity Over the summer, in an online educational leadership course I attended, we viewed a scene from the film Invictus. In it, Nelson Mandela (played by Morgan Freeman) explains to pro-Rugby player Pienaar (played by Matt Damon), what helped him survive imprisonment. Nelson relates that the poem, “Invictus” by William Ernest…

How To Be A Funky Writer

by Peter Smagorinsky When I began teaching high school English in the 1970s, we were encouraged to promote our students’ “syntactic maturity,” that is, long sentences with many component parts, designed to embed as many ideas as possible, a feature that indicated to teachers that the writers had a grasp of sentence structure, so much…

Interview with Deborah Dean, author of What Works in Writing Instruction: Research and Practice

In this interview, Amber Jensen sits down to chat with her colleague, BYU English professor Deborah Dean, about the second edition of her book, What Works in Writing Instruction: Research and Practice, published in March 2021 by NCTE. In the discussion, Dr. Dean shares the process of revising a full manuscript into a new version.…

Interview with Felicia Rose Chavez, author of The Anti-Racist Writing Workshop: How to Decolonize the Creative Classroom

We interview Felicia Rose Chavez about her most recent book: The Anti-Racist Writing Workshop: How to Decolonize the Creative Classroom. In the interview, we talk about what an anti-racist workshop can look like at various grade levels. Dr. Chavez discussed her own experience as a teacher of writing and described her desire to examine her own…