The “Write Guy”

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The desire to write grows with writing.  ~ Desiderius Erasmus

Right about this time of the year I often get a little weary and it is easy to start listing what hasn’t gone right and start planning in my head for next year.

But today I got the shot in the arm I need to finish out the year with the same enthusiasm I had when I began in September. I got to spend the day at MCIU with Jeff Anderson.  He gave us an introduction and small taste of three of his books – 10 Things Every Writer Needs to Know, Mechanically Inclined, and Revision Decisions. I took notes feverishly.  

I thoroughly enjoyed my day.  Jeff was informative, inspiring, and funny.  These are some of my favorite take-away quotes.

  • Teacher you’re a firework. You are the spark.  Bring joy to your students.
  • The death of creativity is wanting to it to be right.
  • What mark will you leave behind by what you say or don’t say, what you do or don’t do?
  • Create a space where writing behaviors happen.
  • Until you know what your focus is, you cannot choose the right details.
  • Sentence combining is the most important part of growing writers.

And my most favorite…..

  • Think of grammar as a creational facility rather than a correctional one.

I wish every professional development day could be as inspiring as this day has been!

Thank you, Jeff Anderson

@writeguyjeff

2 thoughts on “The “Write Guy”

  1. I totally agree with “grammar as a creative facility.” I incorporate explicit, systematic grammar instruction… creating a grammar notebook during frontloading lessons… for the sake of noticing writers’ craft and discussing revision moves. Editing skills just flow out of that. I work for understanding not rules. And yes to the importance of “sentence combining.” It involves much more than grammar, i.e., emphasis, focus, logic, sentence fluency.

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