It’s refreshing to see Stacey Shubitz and Lynne R. Dorfman come right out and say it: writing workshop is a model that works. Research has pointed towards this fact for many decades now and yet writing workshop remains on the periphery in the UK.
With a view to creating the conditions where Writing For Pleasure can flourish, the authors make the excellent decision to discuss the importance of setting up a writerly environment and to give practical advice on how to create a community of writers at the start. It’s only once this is established that they delve into the specific routines that make up the workshop approach.
This book’s greatest achievement is finding that difficult and often awkward balance between giving enough detail and advice on how to teach writing workshop while not giving the impression that it’s rigid or overly complicated. This book is full of simple and practical advice. Any teachers hearing about the writing workshop approach for the first time will be interested and reassured. The authors explain clearly the rationale for the fundamentals of the workshop approach, namely: mini-lessons, instruction in the recursive nature of the writing processes, daily writing-time, conferencing and class sharing.
If you’re a practitioner who is interested in developing a Writing For Pleasure pedagogy, then this title should certainly be part of your reading.
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