Writer as Reader: Thinking on the Page
9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Writer as Reader workshops model writing practices that inspire students to read more carefully, to grasp meaning in complex texts, and to work collaboratively to build understanding. These workshops invite secondary and college teachers to consider “writing to read” as a central classroom practice. Working with diverse writing-to-read strategies, workshop participants explore their individual perspectives, consider what is apparent and what is inferred, and attend to the questions posed by the text.
This year, IWT’s Writer as Reader workshops will be held on Friday, November 3, 2023. The lineup features novels, poetry, nonfiction, historical documents, plays, parables, and speculative fiction. Each workshop will highlight strategies that foster close reading and help readers develop an appreciation for the connections between different but related texts. Writer as Reader workshops emphasize the pedagogical value of teaching texts that are unfamiliar to students, prompting them to read closely and critically, with attentiveness and an open mind.
These workshops will also offer opportunities for discussion about the impact on the classroom of ChatGPT and other AI writing programs, while modeling writing activities that motivate students to focus on the process and reflection required for critical thinking.
Required texts for each workshop are listed in the workshop descriptions below.