Another day of writing and thinking about writing and sprinkles and lunch lakeside----that's yesterday for you. Though Pam Fisher and Nancy Devine are up north to become better writers, each of them (us) is trying to figure out how what they/we learn here translates in our practice as teachers as well as Red River Valley Writing Project teacher/leaders.
In effect, the question of how to scaffold writing is the pedagogical concern. What do writers need when they're writing in a form for which they have little procedural knowledge? How do you get writers to dig into their own texts as well as the texts of others so that they can push their craft beyond its current state? What are the hallmarks of good writing?
It's a lot to think about, but an expansive view of a beautiful lake does help.