33rd Oregon Writing Festival
Saturday, May 6, 2017
Portland State University
My Favorite Teaching Day of the Year, by Ed Kline
Workshop Leader Information
We're looking for teachers, grad. students, local authors to serve as Workshop Leaders for the following grade level groupings: Grades 4-5, Grades 6-8, and Grades 9-12.
What does a Workshop Leader do? Basically, you prepare a writing activity you can introduce to small groups of 18-22 students in about 5 minutes: the students write for 30 minutes, and then they share their work (total session time: 1 hour). You are there to assist and encourage the students' writing. These are creative kids, and they are eager to write. Workshop Leaders present the same workshop to two different groups.
What are the benefits of being a Workshop Leader? $50 stipend, lunch, the coveted Oregon Writing Festival coffee mug, the chance to hear keynote authors and the opportunity to work with these bright young students. What a great way to spend a Saturday!
Interested? Fill out the Workshop Leader Proposal form online . See below for additional details. For more information please contact the Workshop Leader coordinator, Jay Rishel. You may email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 503-349-5640.
How else can you get involved? Volunteer as a Day Group Leader of a group of 10 students (grades 4-5, 6-8, or 9-12), including facilitating the session where students read the writing sample they brought for critique by the group.The Oregon Writing Festival takes place annually each spring:
Conducting the Adult Workshop (parents and teachers) will be Daphne Wood, of Ainsworth Elementary School in Portland.
Oregon Writing Festival Workshop Proposal Guidelines
IMPORTANT NOTES & SUGGESTIONS:
The most frequent criticism of workshops has been that workshop leaders talk too much. Workshops are scheduled for students to write under the guidance of experienced teachers. Please prepare a writing activity, introduce it briefly [no more than 5 minutes], and allow maximum time for students to write and share their work. The purpose of your workshop is to assist and encourage the students’ writing. They benefit from active involvement in writing.
A workshop might look like the following:
– Tell the students something about yourself
[work experience, publications, honors, and previous workshop presentations, brief personal bio]
– Present an interactive writing experience or activity
– Emphasize writing process: generating, drafting, and sharing
– Coordinate a peer response group
– Possibly examine one student’s writing carefully
--Audio/visual equipment is extremely limited on PSU campus, so you should plan to bring any materials you or students will need for the workshop
COMPENSATION: Each workshop leader will receive:
- breakfast and lunch
- an Oregon Writing Festival coffee mug
Workshop Proposals are due by mid-April
QUESTIONS: e-mail or call Jay Rishel
Student Writing Sample Guidelines:
The general guideline for students' work is that it be a quality, finished product of their finest writing. They should bring writing that has been revised (based on some response from teachers, or parents, or other students), proofread, and put together in a polished final form The Festival is a celebration of the best work of our participants, and we expect them to bring work of the highest standards.
Students may write in any form or genre they choose, because the Festival is a celebration of all forms of quality writing--e.g., poetry, short stories, personal narratives, science reports. Writing should be school-appropriate to grade level--no gratuitous violence, language, or explicit sexual content.
Final drafts may be handwritten, typewritten, drawn, calligraphed, or word processed by their authors. The writing may be illustrated. Again, the main standard is quality.
Length: Up to 5 pages, but the reading aloud of it cannot exceed 4 minutes; longer pieces should summarize the rest.
Students should practice reading their pieces aloud with feedback from teachers or parents--so they will be prepared to give a stimulated, clear reading in their sharing groups.
Writing samples (bring 12 copies) should include the author's name, school and address, and grade.
Student Registration Form :
Available through School District contact only.
For additional information please contact:
2017 OWF Author Participants Announced:
Robin Cody is a former high school teacher of creative writing and literature and won an Oregon Book Award for Voyage of a Summer Sun. His popular Ricochet River is the riveting story of three high school students in an Oregon logging town and is just being re-released with a new teacher's guide and background material. He will talk with high school students about writing in a speech entitled, "Whaddaya Love? Write It!"
Susan Hill Long
Susan Hill Long will be talking to 4th and 5th graders. Susan is the author of many books for middle-grade readers, including The Magic Mirror and Whistle in the Dark. For this last book she received the 2015 Oregon Book Award and was praised for her well developed characters, rapid plot development, and interesting scenes. “The novel sings with graceful recurring motifs and true emotions,” wrote Publishers Weekly in its starred review. The title of her talk at the Writing Festival will be “Just Add Water.”
Award-winning author Lisa Schroeder will address grades 6-8. She is a native Oregonian who now lives in Beaverton. Some of her books for teens are The Bridge from Me to You, All We Have Is Now, and The Day Before, which was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award. Sarah Ockler describes that book as “lyrical, vivid, and poignant—like hidden gems that sparkle in the sand.” Schroeder will speak on “Seven Writing Secrets Revealed.”