Friday, December 2, 2016

Weekend Writing Prompt + PSA

Consider this quote: “If a nation loses its storytellers, it loses its childhood.” —Peter Handke                   Reminisce about your childhood. Write about the stories that meant a lot to you as a kid. What do you remember about the stories? What emotions do you equate with these stories? Who told you the stories?

And your Public Service Announcement for the weekend: Barnes and Noble is having a teacher appreciation day on Saturday, December 3rd. Don't forget your teacher ID!

Friday, November 25, 2016

Weeked Writing Prompt

Even in our roughest years, there’s always something to be thankful for. Whether it was a good year or a challenging one, write a list of things you’re thankful for. Or write a letter to someone to show your gratitude.

Bonus Black Friday Weekend Writing Prompt!

Later you'll see our regularly-scheduled weekend writing prompt. Until then, try your hand at our bonus Black Friday writing prompt. It's free and you don't have to stand in long lines or fear being trampled.

You survived Black Friday shopping, but just barely. Using Dave Barry-esque hyperbole, tell the tale.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Weekend Writing Prompt

Have you been participating in NaNoWriMo? Share an excerpt from your novel with us below. If you haven’t been participating, share a novel recommendation with us below (hello, holiday vacation reading!).

Friday, November 11, 2016

Weekend Writing Prompt

This year, kids have been invited to write letters to the next president. Write a letter of your own to our president-elect. Share a summary of it in the comments below.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Something To Look Forward To: CRWP Success Stories


Over the next week or so, keep your eyes open for a series of success stories from your colleagues in the CRWP advanced institute. The CRWP, or College-Ready Writers Program, is an advanced institute of the National Writing Project, intended to train teachers in methods of teaching argumentative writing to secondary students. After a three-day launch in either July in Grand Forks or August in Fargo, participating teachers began teaching argumentative writing mini-units provided by members of the NWP. Many teachers have continued their learning into the school year, meeting once a month to analyze student writing, engage in professional learning, and share ideas. Those teachers are reflecting on their learning by writing CRWP success stories. Look for them over the coming days, and find out more about the CRWP here.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Weekend Writing Prompt

Nov. 5: There are a lot of special occasions to celebrate this weekend. If you don’t believe me, check out the Days of the Year website. To celebrate, write a story with the following words: common sense, fountain pen, gunpowder, and lawyer. Extra credit goes to the writer who works in a red-headed protagonist.


Friday, October 28, 2016

Weekend Writing Prompt

This is the last weekend in October before the fun of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) begins. So before we begin a month of novel writing, let’s get some short writing exercises out of our system. Pen a haiku or six-word story and share it below!

Looking for a topic? How about raking leaves, or Halloween?

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Weekend Writing Prompt

This month kicked off a new season of the RRVWP writing group gatherings. To celebrate, our weekend writing prompt is inspired by the October 15th writing exercise, which was inspired by an article called "A Sense of Place" by Donald Maass (Writer's Digest's Writer's Workbook Fall 2013).

Think back to an important setting in your past. Describe the setting using a combination of sensory details and emotions that the scene invokes. If you are currently working on a narrative, this combination of details and emotions could be used to describe the setting of your story.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

A Visit to the New Elk River Writing Project Site in Billings, Montana


We have a new writing project neighbor in Eastern Montana. I had the privilege of accompanying Rachel Bear of the National Writing Project on a visit to the proposed Elk River Writing Project Site in Billings, Montana September 30-October 1st.  We arrived on a beautiful day—the leaves were changing color in the valley of the Yellowstone River, and the sun shown on the beautiful rimrock along the edge of the canyon. First, we met in the English department of Montana State University in Billings.  University Director, Tami Haaland, a poet, met us on campus and brought us to the top floor of the building, where we met with faculty members, the press, teachers from the local schools, and Reno Charette, the American Indian Outreach Director. Rachel gave an overview of the National Writing Project, and I contributed my perspective as Director of the Red River Valley Writing Project.