Author Archive

Quick Tips for Writing Teaching Points

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A guide to crafting your own teaching points for 1:1 conferences, strategy lessons, minilessons, mid-workshop interruptions, and share sessions.

Expanding Our Team

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Are you interested in joining the TWT Co-Author Team?

Q&A with Robert Burleigh + a Book Giveaway

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I’ve been a fan of Robert Burleigh‘s writing for the past few years. I was delighted to receive an advance review copy of Trapped! A Whale’s Rescue, his newest picture book that’s out later… Continue reading

April Vacation

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We’re taking a week off from blogging to catch our breath after the SOLSC (aka: our version of an ultra marathon!).

7 Habits of an Effective Writing Critique Group

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I’ve learned a few things about myself as a writer and a group member by being part of a writing critique group for the past nine months.

A Quick Guide Workshop Lingo, Part II

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Have you ever wondered what some of the writing workshop lingo means? Here’s another look at some commonly used workshop jargon.

Day 10 of the March SOLSC! #SOL15

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It’s been a pleasure hosting the first ten days of the SOLSC. Betsy will take over the hosting duties starting tomorrow. The posts will still go live at 12:01 a.m., but they’ll come from Betsy, not me.

Day 9 of the March SOLSC! #SOL15

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Write. Share. Give.

Day 8 of the March SOLSC! #SOL15

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Our Weekend Commenting Challenge, in addition to our month-long writing challenge, continues today.

Day 7 of the March SOLSC! #SOL15

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It’s the seventh day of the SOLSC, as well as the first day of our Weekend Commenting Challenge. I hope you’ll participate in both!

Day 6 of the March SOLSC! #SOL15

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Write. Share. Give.

Day 5 of the March SOLSC! #SOL15

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It is day five of our 31-day writing challenge. Are you having fun yet? What feels easy? What feels challenging? Please share your thoughts when you leave the link to your slice of life story.

Day 4 of the March SOLSC! #SOL15

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It’s the fourth day of our month-long writing challenge. How’s it going?

Day 3 of the March SOLSC! #SOL15

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I’m glad you’re here for the third day of the 8th Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge! Or, perhaps you aren’t taking the month-long challenge but have arrived for our weekly Tuesday challenge. Either way, you’re in the right place.

Day 2 of the March SOLSC! #SOL15

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Anyone who starts the SOLSC today, tomorrow, or on Wednesday, 3/4 will still be eligible for one of the incredible prizes we’re offering. All you have to do is “write, share, and give” today and every day for the rest of the month. If you have a friend who’s on the fence about committing to the Challenge, please encourage him/her to jump in because it’s not too late!

Day 1 of the March SOLSC! #SOL15

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Welcome to the 8th Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge! This is where you share a link to your individual (not classroom) slice of life story. Then, remember to give at least three other slicers some comment love during the day today.

Do you need a copy editor?

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I don’t have a professional proofreader at my disposal (though I wish I did!). I know spell check isn’t a fool-proof method for getting my writing ready to go out into the world. But now I have Grammarly, a proofreading web application that finds and explains in-depth grammar, spelling, and punctuation mistakes online.

FAQs for First-Time Slice of Life Story Challenge Participants

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Are you planning to participate in the SOLSC for the first time? Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions from new participants.

It’s Tuesday! Write. Share. Give.

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I hope you’re gearing-up for a month of writing and sharing since there are five days and a wake-up until the 8th Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge begins.

Slicer Participant Information Form

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Please fill out this form (It takes less than 5 minutes!) if you’ll be joining us for our month-long writing challenge, which begins on March 1st.