The Writer's Workshop
Two two-week sessions
June 22–July 2, July 20–31
9 a.m.–12 p.m.
Boys and girls, rising 4th through rising 6th graders
*This class will take place online*
What to bring: Computer with webcam and microphone capability, WiFi access, writing utensils, journal/notebook
This two-week writing program is structured as an open writer’s workshop. Each day, the workshop will begin with Writing On Writing, helping students to see that writing is anywhere and everywhere. Students will use their writers’ notebooks for notes and starters, planting seed ideas, trying new genres, writing deeply to move beyond quick writes and prompt writing, and finding their own writing process. Students will dig into genre writing and attempt genres not typically taught throughout the school year. Student projects will include creating a multi-genre piece, presenting on a newly learned way of writing that resonates with their writing style, sharing a beloved piece of writing by a writer they admire, and a final project of their choice. During the in-class workshop, students will participate in writing walks, a writing field trip, and enjoy virtual visits from all types of authors to learn more about how writers write. Throughout their time in the workshop, students will make connections, write with their whole self, and create a lasting writing community that will continue to inspire their inner writer.
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Teacher bio: Ms. Poyatt currently serves as the fifth-grade reading and writing teacher at St. Andrew's Episcopal School in Potomac, MD. She previously taught at independent schools in Washington, D.C. and Atlanta, and she holds a master’s degree in children’s literature and language arts and an educational specialist degree in educational theory and practice with a focus on literacy and writing. Ms. Poyatt is a graduate of the University of Georgia’s Red Clay Writing Project Summer Institute, and she serves as a teacher consultant for the project as well. She continues to take courses in the teaching of and craft of writing, and she has written various poems and short stories.
Fun fact: Ms. Poyatt is an accomplished singer and dancer, and she has performed with community-theater groups in the area.