Hello, friends! Whether you’re a long-time veteran of Teachers Write or checking it out for the first time this summer, I’m so glad you’re here. Pour yourself a glass of iced tea or lemonade, pull up a chair on the deck, and let’s talk about writing.
Teachers Write is a free, online summer writing camp especially for teachers and librarians, though anyone is welcome to follow along with our weekly writing prompts, mini-lessons, and challenges. The goal — the only goal, really — is to get writing and have fun. Teachers and librarians who write for themselves are stronger mentors and more empathetic facilitators for student writers, too.
This summer is going to be all about experimenting with different kinds of writing. Never written a poem before? We have some mentor texts for you to check out. Always wanted to try your hand at a graphic novel or graphic memoir? We’ll take a look at visual storytelling, too. Each week, you’ll get an email delivered right to your in-box with a collection of writing prompts, mini-lessons, and revision tools to try out that week. There’s never any pressure, and you can write as much or as little as you’d like. And when the summer is over, you’ll have a new collection of writing lessons, prompts, and strategies to share with your kids when you go back to school in the fall.
Teachers Write 2022 will begin on July 11 and wrap up on August 5, with each week’s writing prompts and lessons delivered to your email inbox on Monday morning. Educator-writer Jen Vincent will also host weekly check-in posts on her blog, where those who wish can continue the conversation online, sharing reflections, writing, and feedback.
This is going to be a no-pressure, participate-on-your-own-terms summer, so feel free to sign up, even if you think you might only try one or two prompts, or if you’d just like to watch from the sidelines. However you choose to participate, I think you’ll come out of this season of writing feeling a little more enthusiastic about your writing, a little more joyful about the process, and full of new strategies and ideas for writing that will help your students along on their journeys, too.