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Monday, August 6, 2018 at 8:30 AM EDT
Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at 3:00 PM EDT

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Hilton Garden Inn 
5 park place
Freeport, ME 40511

Ask for special discount rate for the JoyFest

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3 FREE Books for each attendee!




school essay manifesto

The latest professional books for purchase provided by Karen Cook 




                     2 day Writing Revival Workshop

in Freeport,Maine

 with Ralph Fletcher and Barry Lane

  For anyone who teaches writing.

Liberate your student's voices

and bring back the joy to teaching writing!

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.  

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.

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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Fee: $349 per person includes morning refreshments, Joy Write,  51 Wacky We-Search Reports, The School Essay Manifesto, certificate of attendance, plus surprize gifts and raffles.  

High Volume discounts (4 or more from one school) use HIVOL discount code and save $50 per person.)

  (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.  To book at the Hilton Garden Inn use the JOYFEST code to get a special rate of $189. 

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