Weekend Workshops

Weekend Workshops

Come join practicing teachers as they share techniques and strategies that work in their classrooms.

The Bay Area Writing Project is excited to provide high quality professional development opportunities at an affordable price for teachers throughout the Bay Area. This workshop series is perfect for teachers, administrators, coaches, coordinators, student teachers or anyone interested in the teaching of writing.

Really succinct - not too much information and it was really helpful to have it framed with a real classroom example
8th Grade Humanities Teacher


Zoom Link Open: 9:30 am

Opening Remarks: 9:35 am

Session 1: 9:45 am - 10:45 am

Break: 10:45 am - 11:00 am

Session 2: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm



--  Groups of 3 or more get a 20% discount (must register at the same time and the discount automatically deducted during check out)


Credit available for purchase if you attend all 3 workshops

Sold Out! Writing Strategies for Language Development (January 23, 2021)

Classrooms are filled with students who are linguistically and culturally diverse. These workshops will explore language features and support language production for all learners. Teachers will experience rich language writing strategies and tools to provide targeted instruction for various levels of language fluency.

This is a remote workshop. A pre-event email providing the zoom link will be shared the evening before. Please make sure to check the email used during registration. 

Voice, Identity, Access and Equity (February 20, 2021)

Classrooms can provide courageous spaces for exploring collective and individual identities.  Writing often plays a critical role in this exploration and provides a humanizing lens through which students can see each others’ experiences. These workshops will focus on strategies, protocols and content that support students to contribute their stories, share their truths and invite others into conversation through writing. 

Register for Voice, Identity, Access and Equity on February 20, 2021 ($20.00)

Session 1: 

Anecdotal Writing

It Starts with Good Questions

Presenter: Eric Gustafson

Having difficulty getting your students to tell compelling stories? Do their personal essays or articles fail to grab the reader's attention and maintain it? This presentation focuses on ways to help them establish stakes, add reflection and set their stories into motion—to help them find a more resounding voice. We will be examining the crucial pre-work of drafting open-ended questions that elicit thoughtful, anecdote-filled responses. After establishing an interview angle, we’ll write and workshop questions, then interview each other, before writing short profiles. Student work from my Critical Writing/Journalism 1 class at Lowell High School will be used throughout.

This workshop is best suited to teachers of Grades 7-College.

Session 1:

Bringing Stories to Life

Presenter: Gabriela Lopez

Storytelling is one of the most sacred moments people can share with one another. When that is combined with a little imagination, stories can truly be brought to life. Learn how to build a character through a hidden quick-draw with partners. Choose from a variety of characteristics that brighten up their personality. Finally, contribute to a full class deliberation that brings your characters together, creating a complete scenario.

This workshop is best suited to teachers of grades 3-6

Session 2: 

Self-Reflection, Identity, Agency

Empowering Students through Memoir Writing

Presenter: Cara Liuzzi

Teenagers are figuring out who they are and who they want to become. As teachers, we can empower students in the lifelong process of self-reflection and identity-formation by teaching them how to tell their story in a meaningful way. This process of telling their story gives students agency in their lives. In this workshop, we will explore how principles from the field of narrative psychology can be applied to support memoir writing in the high school classroom. We will specifically focus on how to teach a narrative writing technique I call “show and reflect” (an innovation from the classic adage “show don’t tell”); the result is more powerful, personal narrative writing. We will also practice using the technique ourselves, since teachers are still figuring ourselves out too!

This workshop is best suited for teachers of Grades 7-12

Session 2: 

No More Red Pens!

Feedback that Supports Agency and Metacognition

Presenter: Shelley Goulder

Do you ever wonder if all those comments you leave on student writing actually help students become more empowered, metacognitive writers? In this workshop, participants will explore theories of effective feedback and learn about a feedback structure that puts students in the driver's seat by offering them tools to articulate the value of their work. Experience what can happen to both metacognition and interpersonal relationships when students do the cognitive work of reflecting on their moves, successes, and growth opportunities as writers.

The strategies presented in this workshop could be tailored to any grade level, and are especially appropriate for teachers who work with students in grades 3-12 in writing intensive courses.