THE JOY AND CRAFT OF WRITING 

                                            DINNER AND PRESENTATION

                                           FEATURING RALPH FLETCHER

Join Ralph Fletcher as he discusses the joy and craft of writing.

Nothing helps writers grow like practice. But not just any kind of practice will do. A writer needs wide latitude so she can bring all her intelligence to the task. Assigning a particular format—a hamburger essay, for instance would curtail this play, if not eliminate it entirely. That’s why we must give students time and autonomy for playful, low-stakes writing, along with craft lessons, mentor text leading to surprising, high-level growth.

About the Speaker


Ralph Fletcher frequently works with young writers in schools, and speaks at education conferences in the U.S. and abroad, helping teachers find wiser ways of teaching writing. Ralph is the beloved author of many bestselling teacher professional books including "Writing Workshop: The Essential Guide; Craft Lessons," and "Breathing In, Breathing Out" as well as the author of firsthand classroom materials such as "Teaching the Qualities of Writing and Lessons for the Writer’s Notebook." Students know Ralph as the award-winning author of more than 20 books for children and young adults, including "Fig Pudding," "Twilight Comes Twice," "The Writer’s Notebook," and "Marshfield Dreams: When I Was a Kid."

About the Illinois Writing Project

The Illinois Writing Project helps teachers employ the best of what is known about writers and writing. Our transformative, sustainable professional development helps teachers guide students to write with thoughtfulness, skill and enjoyment.

Locally based but nationally connected, we are one of nearly 200 sites in the National Writing Project network.


                                   Thursday, March 1, 2018

Buffalo Grove High School
1100 W. Dundee Rd., Buffalo Grove, Ill. 60089

                              REGISTRATION 4-4:30 P.M., DINNER AND PROGRAM TO FOLLOW

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