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: 8:50 am

Opening Remarks: 8:55 am

Session 1: 9:00 am - 10:30 am

Break: 10:30 am - 10:45 am

Session 2: 10:45 am - 12:15 pm


Coming Soon: Register for Writing Strategies for Language Development on January 23, 2021 ($20.00)

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


--  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

Writing Across the Disciplines (November 14, 2020)

Writing has never been the exclusive domain of English teachers. Teachers of all subjects have the potential to not only offer students space to make sense of ideas, but also to build comfort with the kinds of writing that exist in different disciplines. These workshops explore the importance of consistently embedding writing into content lessons across disciplines. Workshops will focus on routines, strategies and tools for understanding content and developing composition skills.   

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. 

Register for Writing Across the Disciplines on November 14, 2020 ($20.00)

Session 1: 

Something to Talk About

Group Conversation as a Writing Scaffold

Presenter: Annie Tickell

As teachers we are often asking ourselves: what does learning look like? In the world of distance learning, a better question might be what does it sound like? In this workshop we will be exploring how to use group conversations as a pre-writing and revision technique.

We will be investigating this topic through a high school social studies lens, but all content areas are welcome to join.

Session 1:

Elaborating about Science with Evidence

Presenter: Tania Hughes

Do you struggle getting your students to support their writing with actual evidence? Have no fear, writing with evidence is here! In this workshop we're going to explore how simple sentence starters and vocabulary expectations focus students' attention on the evidence rather than the process. 

This workshop is best suited for elementary teachers.

Session 2: 

The Power of Exploration

Building Autonomy, Perspective, and Storytelling Through Geo-Inquiry

Presenter: Maria Pirner

Where is it? Why is it there? Why should we care? If these three questions piqued your curiosity, you’re in good company. Exploration is a powerful pathway to liberation and storytelling. The Geo-Inquiry Process, developed through the National Geographic Society, helps students develop a spectrum of perspectives using a geographic lens to analyze space, place, and the interconnections between both the human and natural world. Through this workshop, participants will engage in hands-on activities and explore technology,  tools, and ideas to create student-centered inquiry experiences that encourage young people to share their voice and effect change - no matter your subject area!

This workshop is open to teachers of all grades.

Session 2: 

That Place Where History and Fiction Meet

Navigating Critical Thinking and Creative Writing

Presenter: Vernon Keeve III

This workshop is an exploration into historical rich literature, particularly fiction, that allows teachers to instill historical empathy in their students while also getting them to think and write critically and creatively. We will explore whole authors with the hopes of inspiring whole authors.