National Writing Project

The Writer's Workout Book: 113 Stretches Toward Better Prose

by Art Peterson (1996)


Art Peterson, presently a senior editor for National Writing Project publications, draws on his thirty years of experience as a junior and senior high school teacher to detail over one hundred "minilessons" that cover the oft-neglected ground between fluency and correctness. The book provides brief and engaging activities on topics as varied as developing concrete details, writing for an audience, ordering paragraphs, varying sentences, and choosing words. The book also features a number of short, humorous essays about life as a writing teacher that will resonate with anyone who has ever been there.

Although the first audience for the book is intended to be college, high school, and middle school teachers, the text has also been used by creative elementary school teaches who are able to adapt these lessons for younger students. Teachers and other adults who wish to sharpen their own prose use this book, as do students in college-level English methods classes.

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