Students develop a love of language and learn to read as writers, with attention to detail and appreciation for the thoughtful choices made by the writer.
To write with descriptive detail, writers first need to pay close attention to the people, places and things in the world around them, and to create worlds and stories of their own, writers never stop wondering, imagining and envisioning what could be.
To write with the audience in mind is an exercise in empathy-effective writers step into the shoes of the reader to consider what the reader needs to know and how best to tell their stories or communicate their ideas to engage, entertain or persuade.
Published authors know that completing the first draft is only the beginning. After all, as Terry Pratchett said, “The first draft is just you telling yourself the story.” The revising and editing process then is what helps to transform that draft into a finished piece, ready to be shared and read by others.
Like any skill that takes practice and dedication, writing can be hard work, but our students can attest that our workshops bring the joys of imagining, creating, collaborating and sharing our writing to the forefront. That’s why they come back again and again!