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Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at 8:30 AM CDT
Thursday, July 30, 2020 at 2:30 PM CDT

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Barry Lane is one of the finest speakers on the teaching of writing. His combination of warmth, insight and energy is magical. My colleagues and I left our day with Barry with full hearts and high spirits, ready to bring new strategies and new energy into our writing workshops.

Lucy Calkins, Author of Units of Study


This workshop gave me what I came here for: inspiration, ideas, motivation, validation. It has recharged my batteries. This year I will be the teacher of my dreams.” Kelly Junot, 10th grade teacher 

I have been to training after training and this, by far, is the best I’ve attended. Everything in this training can help my students. Angela Faison, High School, special ed.

I have never ever felt like this at a workshop before. I want to thank you with all my heart for helping me grow and gain knowledge of how to be myself and how to let my students be themselves. Carla Martin, 8th grade teacher

You have changed the way I see writing. I believe in myself as a writer thanks to you. I now know how to teach the children how to write. Selena Reyes, 4th grade teacher

Absolutely the best workshop I have attended. Before this workshop, I taught writing like a robot. Barry has taught me that I can write meaningful text. I will never teach the same. Connie Meadors, 7th grade teacher

Barry has given us great resources to create joy in writing. I learned that I have to give students the ability and time to WRITE WHAT THEY THINK, not what everyone wants them to think. Jennifer Hamilton, 4th grade teacher

This workshop was an explosive amalgam of sights and sounds that brought back the Joy of writing to those of us who were becoming cynical because of STAAR. Barry introduced a wealth of ideas and methods that engage as well as allow writing to flow from within. His methods are teacher and student friendly and I cannot wait to use them in my classroom!  Jessica Campos-Lozano 4th grade teacher

This is the type of workshop that reminds you why you became a teacher in the first place. Barry reignites your passion for teaching, writing and having fun. Chelsea Kay, 4th grade teacher

Barry is a beautiful soul whose personality is contagious. His “no judgement” attitude allowed for me to get excited about the next day and become comfortable sharing my writing with others. Jennifer Andrea Blanco, 4th grade teacher

Such an enlightening workshop. I cannot put into words how much I have learned from Mr. Lane and how much excitement I am feeling. Mr. Lane has reawakened my passion for teaching writing with all his fantastic ideas. I can only hope to become the writing teacher of my dreams. Mary Catherine Holcomb 7th grade teacher

I loved your workshop. It was exciting, fun, informative, mind opening! Now I’m fired up to go back and be a better teacher! Selma Johnson-Worrell, High School Teacher

“If you’re not excited about teaching writing after this workshop you may need to check your pulse.”    Billy Morrison, 6th grade teacher


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For the safety of all,this workshop has been reimagined as an online Zoom workshop.The hours will remain the same with some changes in schedule closer to the date.  We will be shipping the handouts to all participants and also sending digital copies.  For more information call Barry directly at 802-345-9193.

We are Writers


       Creating Teacher and Student Engagement and Agency in Writing.

Free your student's voices and create a class of lifelong writers!

A dynamic 3 Day Writing Revival

with author and presenter Barry Lane   

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          For teachers 3-12 (and anyone who teaches writing)



"If you're not excited about teaching writing after this workshop, check your pulse."

                                         Billy Morrison,  5th grade teacher


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Fee: $650 per person includes  books, DVDS, handouts morning refreshments and more. 18 hours of PD certificate.



Bring the whole team and the Principal comes for free!  

PLC special : Principals attend FREE when 3 teachers from their school attend. Call 1-802-829-1321 to add them to the list.   Email purchase orders to     Mail address  DWC/ P.O. Box 127  Stoneham, ME 04231

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Have you lost your passion for teaching writing or not found it yet? Has writing become more of a predictable performance and less of an art? Do your students groan when it’s time to write because they see writing as filling in simple outlines or following prescribed formulas instead of discovering their own unique voices? Have you been given a scripted program for teaching writing workshop but find it hard to get yourself inspired to teach with your own voice? 

5 reasons  why you want to attend this this 3 day workshop

1.  Learn the basics of creating a class where all students love to write daily and integrating the new TEKS

2.  Find ways to use your writing/reading curriculum to serve your students as writers and free thinkers

3. Unchain yourself from scripted teaching that bores students and learn to be the captain of your own writing classroom ship 

4. Make writing fluency your main goal and watch students writing soar even when preparing for the STAAR test 

5. Learn the secret to making students excited about writing with detail and see their engagement grow as writers and readers

3 Day Joy-filled Agenda:  Some highlights from each day

Day 1 : Getting Started: You're a Writer; Teach Writing

  • Replace STAAR prep with a real writing class
  • Make time, space and choice the foundation of your day
  • Teach writing from a  writer's perspective
  • Use the 3 questions of identity to drive deeper learning
  • Teach voice and choice through poetry
  • Lead with curiousity instead of only structure
  • Learn transformational power of writing badly
  • Create a sense of play through notebook quickwrites
  • Mine memory for ideas, events and connections
  • Turn rigor to vigor with using fluency techniques
  • Use kinesthetic learning to morph writing into performance
Day 2 : Teaching Craft: A Rainbow of Possibilities
  • Teach the Specific Ocean and the Mountain of Wisdom
  • Create a question culture to drive learning
  • Play with essay structure
  • Grow stories from characters 
  • Use written conversations to drive learning
  • Learn the art of writing conferences
  • Teach meaningful elaboration, not just adding more details
  • Use snapshots, thoughtshots and dialogue for revision
  • Use songs to teach students revision strategies and explore themes
  • Create a student centered writing class
  • Help reluctant writers and 2nd language students find their voices
  • Prepare for the STAAR test without losing your power as a teacher
  • Us poetry slam to boost writing joy
  • Master the art of Wacky We-search
  • Get giggly with grammar and boost enthusiasm 

Day 3: Bringing it all home:  A Year of Joyful Writing

  • Use folders and portfolios to assess writing
  • Help students learn the art of self-reflection
  • Use mentor text and text structures to improve writing
  • Having fun with grammar and teaching in context
  • Teach the sweet spot to improve argument writing
  • Learn online resources and digital tools to boost passion 
  • Turn Rigor to Vigor and bring it all home.


If this workshop doesn't ignite your passion for teaching writing you might want to make sure you have a fuse!

                                                                Laurie McDaniel, 9th grade

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