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Monday, August 7, 2017 at 8:30 AM EDT
Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 3:00 PM EDT

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Hilton Garden Inn 
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Freeport, ME 40511

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2 FREE Books for each attendee!

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The latest professional books for purchase provided by Karen Cook 


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A Joyful 2-Days in

Ralph and Barry's  Fun-House 

   (rough outline subject to change)

Day One

Barry Lane


Morning sing with Barry

Morning  Kickoff Writing

Writing Rituals


Back to Basics The Writing Workshop?

Launching the Writer's Workshop in a busy school

 A Writer Teaching Writing

 The 5 C's of Writing

10:00-1015  Break

10:15 11:30 Growing a Question Culture

11:30-1:00   Lunch on your own in Freeport

1:00-2:00  (Ralph in house)

Elaboration strategies

Creating a class of helpful critics

Ralph Fletcher 


Closing Keynote: Navigating the Big Chill

(Book signing, Ralph and Barry)

Day Two

8:30- 9:00

Morning sing with Barry

Morning write.

Ralph Fletcher


Writers Notebook

10:00-1015 Break

1015- 11:30

Memoir Writing/Mentor texts

11:30-12:45  Lunch in Freeport


Barry and Ralph

Nonfiction from Scratch/ Wacky We-Search

Creating your own Writing Workshop

Bringing it all home

Group share



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        2 day Writing Revival Workshop

in Freeport,Maine

 with Ralph Fletcher and Barry Lane

  For teachers 2-8 and anyone who teaches writing.

Liberate your student's voices

and bring back the joy to teaching writing!

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Ralph               Barry

Over the last 30 years we have been traveling to classrooms and talking to teachers and students across the country. Lately, we've noticed what Ralph calls a Big Chill. Students don't love to write as much. Writing workshop has become just another activity sandwiched within a content loaded program and not a safe place for students to explore, create, and find their true voices. 

Take a breath.

It doesn't have to be this way.  

You can make writing central to your student's learning and their lives and still meet all your teaching targets.

You can give kids back the keys to the writing van.

But first you have to bring on the joy.

Spend two days writing and learning with us and you will walk away with a whole new outlook on your own writing, along with many ideas on how to bring this joy to your students.

                                            Ralph and Barry

P.S.   Writing is Fun! -- R.F.

          Writing is Joyful-- B.L.

But how  

Two books by Barry and Ralph included in your registration!  

(a $48.49 value)  plus surprize gifts and raffles.

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Fee: $329 per person includes morning refreshments, Joy Write,  But How Do You Teach Writing and certificate of attendance.   

  (You can pay with a purchase order out of next year's budget. Payment can be received after the event.)  To save more you can stay at a Portland, Maine hotel and drive 20 minutes to the workshop. Book your rooms soon. Summer in Maine gets very busy.

Coming from out of state?  Southwest Airlines is the official JoyFest airline, flying to Portland, ME (20 minute drive), Manchester NH (90 minute drive and small airport) or Boston ( Logan 120 minutes). 

 Purchase orders to  All attendees must register online. Click on the red button and follow the directions. 

Come to the JoyFest if you want to :

  • Create a question culture and watch writing soar
  • Learn the basics of launching a real writing workshop 
  • Bring back the student ownership of their writing
  • Put voice and choice into nonfiction writing
  • Teach craft concepts to aid revision
  •  Make the Writer's Notebook central to student's learning
  • Replace formulaic writing with exploratory writing
  • Teach meaningful elaboration, not just adding details
  • Use songs to teach students revision 
  • Learn craft lessons in memoir writing
  • Create a greenbelt for writing in your busy curriculum
  • Harness the power of high impact, low stakes writing
  • Bring back the Joy to your students and watch their writing soar


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   Bring back a new flavor for your classroom Writing Parlor:  Ralph and Barry's JoyWrite Swirl