National Writing Project

Log on to NWP Authors and Issues

By: Joan Taylor
Publication: The Voice, Vol. 5, No. 4
Date: September-October 2000

Summary: This fall's NWP Authors and Issues Conference—an online discussion about writing instruction and the writing life—will run October 8 to 20 and features Ralph Fletcher, well-known children's book author.


Last year more than 150 NWP teacher-consultants joined noted author Donald Murray for online discussions and reflections about writing instruction and the writing life. This fall's NWP Authors and Issues Conference features Ralph Fletcher, well-known children's book author, consultant on writing craft, and popular presenter at NWP sites across the country. Murray calls Fletcher “a master teacher who combines delight and affection for children with a teacher's discipline.” Fletcher says it is “an honor to follow my friend Don Murray in anything!”

The online conference, which runs October 8–20, 2000, will include presentations by Fletcher, question and answer sessions, and conversations on topics and issues related to the teaching of writing. Participants will have the opportunity to log on day or night and join the discussions. Registration is open now at the NWP Web site at The audience will be limited to the first 300 participants, so sign up early to reserve your place.

Selected Books by Ralph J. Fletcher

Breathing in, Breathing Out: Keeping a Writer's Notebook (1996) Heinemann
Craft Lessons: Teaching Writing K through 8, coauthored with Joann Portalupi (1998) Stenhouse
Fig Pudding (1995) Houghton Mifflin, (1996) Dell, (1999) Econo-Clad Books
Flying Solo (1998) Houghton Mifflin, (2000) Dell Yearling
How Writers Work (not yet released) William Morrow
Live Writing: Breathing Life into Your Words (1999) Avon Books
Tommy Trouble and the Magic Marble (not yet released) Henry Holt
Walking Trees: Teaching Teachers in the New York City Schools (1990) Heinemann
Walking Trees: Portraits of Teachers and Children in the Culture of Schools (1995) Heinemann
What a Writer Needs (1992) Heinemann
A Writer's Notebook: Unlocking the Writer Within You (1996) Avon Books

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