Sunday, May 22, 2011

Motivate Your Students with Purpose-Driven Lesson Plans

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Our students are now more distracted than ever.  As writing teachers trying to hold the attention of our students, we compete with Facebook, Netflix, and the upheavals of the modern family.

To keep our students focused on our classes - and, more importantly, to keep them interested in writing - we need to give our students a reason to to study.

Learn to Market Yourself and Mentor Your Students with Cameron Herold's Double Double

Double Double: How to Double Your Revenue and Profit in 3 Years or Less
Double Double: How to Double Your Revenue and Profit in 3 Years or Less

No, I don't normally read business books.  But I've been trying to expand 12Writing into something profitable, and this book came highly recommended.  But you shouldn't read this book just because you're maybe interested in business - this is actually a book about building a solid foundation for any organization.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Traditional Workshops vs Freewriting Workshops and the Amherst Method

The structure and goals of the writing workshop have changed a great deal over past hundred years.  To benefit the most from a workshop, you should familiarize yourself with the advantages and disadvantages of the different types of workshops.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Google Wave: Edit This Poem!

Google Wave is out!  And this may be the best way yet to have real-time collaboration online.  I think this may revolutionize the way we conduct creative writing workshops, but we'll just have to see.  Please click Read More below to see a sample of Google Wave in action.