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"He Blew a Tune"—John Bauer

I've given writing workshops for schools, church groups, libraries, the UCLA Writing Project, and the California Association of Teachers of English. Here are some of the workshops I currently offer. I can usually tailor a workshop for your group's specific needs, as well.

General
  • Journals That Work
  • Making Your Life Story Sing
  • 3 Steps to Being a Better Writer
  • Introduction to Blogging


For Teachers
  • The Chunk Writing Process: Getting Kids to Write Great Papers
  • Effective Feedback for Student Writers: Balancing Form and Content
  • The Logic of Transitions and Organization: Teaching Kids to Think about Their Words
  • How Not to Plagiarize: Teaching the Research Paper

For Aspiring Children's Book Writers
  • Picture Books with Heart
  • Balancing Voice and Plot: The Successful MG/YA Novel
  • What the Market Wants vs. What You Want
  • Best of the Best in Children's Literature—and Why

For Young Writers
  • What Your Teacher Means When She Says, "Be Specific"
  • Building Beyond the 5-Paragraph Essay
  • Mastering the Metaphor: Poetry and Descriptive Writing
  • Poetry Journals

Fees and Logistics

Workshops are $150 for 1 hour, $175 for 1-1/2 hours, $200 for 2 hours, and $250 for 2-1/2 hours, plus travel expenses beyond 20 miles. Please note that 1-hour workshops are not generally recommended. It's hard to get much done in an hour, especially since participants need time to write.

I do offer longer workshops for school staff development days. Training sessions for educators range in price from $350 for 4 hours to $500 for 6 hours, plus travel expenses beyond 20 miles. Please contact me to discuss the best writing program for your school.

Since I live in Bountiful, Utah, workshops in the greater Salt Lake City area are most feasible.


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