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The ELT Creative Writer's Retreat is a month-long writing workshop where we'll develop our own writing while also learning how to use a Writer's Workshop Approach in our English classes.
Most of our work together will take place in our private online writing community where we'll share our work and comment on each other's writing, but in four live sessions I'll deliver mini-lessons on craft and deepen our explorations.
Each week you'll use a short poem as the prompt which leads you to write at least one 200-400- word reflection. These reflections will eventually lead into polished pieces of memoir. By the end of the retreat you will have at least one piece of memoir ready for possible publication.
I'll be contributing my own writing too, but I'll also serve as a writing coach who suggests ways to develop your work, assists with editing, and meets with you in conference.
Additionally, five times a week during our one- month workshop you'll receive an email from me that includes a short poem along with a recording of me reading the poem, my own reflection on it, and some practices for you to try in and out of the classroom.
Expectations: Participants in The ELT Creative Writers' Retreat are expected to submit at least four pieces of written reflection, comment on the work of others, meet at least once in conference, and finally submit at least one revised piece of memoir for possible publication. Given the intensive nature of this workshop, it is only offered as a Certificate of Accomplishment.
Live-session: I'll introduce the workshop approach to writing & provide examples of our first writing assignment. Writing Community: Choose a short poem that speaks to you and use it as a prompt to write a 200-400-word piece of reflective writing which you submit. Read and comment on the work of others.
Live Session: I'll provide a mini-lesson on an aspect of craft that grows out of work done in our writing community. We'll also learn more about the workshop approach to teaching writing. Writing Community: Respond to comments from week one & revise or develop your first piece as needed. Choose another short poem that speaks to you & use it as a prompt to write a second 200-400-word piece of reflective writing which you submit. Read and comment on the work of others. Sign up for an individual conference with me.
Live Session: I'll provide a mini-lesson on another aspect of craft that grows out of work done in the writing community. We'll also continue to learn more about the workshop approach. Writing Community: Meet with me in conference as scheduled. Respond to comments from week two & revise or develop your second piece as needed. Choose another short poem that speaks to you & write a third 200-400-word piece of reflective writing which you submit. Read and comment on the work of others.
Live Session:I'll provide a final mini-lesson on another aspect of craft that grows out of work done in the writing community. We'll then reflect on the Workshop Approach to teaching writing which you've been experiencing in our writing community. Writing Community: Choose one of your three reflections & develop it more fully into a piece of memoir. Submit this for comment and further suggestions. Although the workshop ends this week, the writing community will remain active. Participants have a month to submit their final piece of memoir for possible publication.
Chuck Sandy is a teacher, teacher trainer, and author whose many books include the Passages and Connect series from Cambridge University Press, the Active Skills For Communication series from Cengage Learning, and English For Scammers from Wayzgoose Press. He's also an essayist who writes most frequently for the iTDi Blog as well a poet whose work has appeared in little magazines and journals you've most likely never heard of before. Although Chuck leads face-to-face workshops and presentations at conferences and events around the world, he does most of his work with teachers online in the International Teacher Development Intstitute (iTDi) and Gallery Teacher communities. Chuck is a cofounder and director of iTDi and the curator of GalleryTeachers.com. He's currently at work on a new book of reflections forthcoming from Wayzgoose Press. Connect with Chuck on Facebook and on Twitter and visit his Amazon page.