Category Archives: writing goals

Quick and Slow Writing

When I’m teaching writing to my high school students, I often have them start with quick writes. I give them a prompt, an object, a visual or a video and a short space of time to create a response, a poem, a scene, or a story. I remind them to keep the pen on the page or fingers on the keyboard, silence their inner critic, and ignore errors in grammar, spelling and punctuation (we’ll fix that later). Instead, we focus on letting our ideas flow. It’s a great way to jumpstart the creative Read more [...]

New Year, New Thinking

While December was all about reflecting, January is all about planning. I don’t generally make New Year’s resolutions. The thought of raising my hopes to fulfill some lofty goal, only to see it dashed away as I drift from my purpose fills me with dread. But the sense of a new beginning with the turn of a calendar page is a refreshing idea that always inspires me to rethink what I’m doing and how I’m doing it. I’m an unabashed organized, plan-making machine. I have lists and coloured Read more [...]