National Writing Project

The Value of Teacher-Writers

Date: May 11, 2017

Summary: Just in time for summer institutes, we welcome authors of recent NWP co-published books for a conversation about the importance of teacher-writers. Guests include Christine Dawson, author of The Teacher-Writer: Creating Writing Groups for Personal and Professional Growth, and Leah Zuidema and Troy Hicks, authors of Coaching Teacher Writers: Practical Steps to Nurture Professional Writing.


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Christine Dawson on some of the underconsidered benefits of teacher-writing:

One of the group members, Christina, there's a text that I share in the book that comes out of the first year of her teaching...I think it's such a good example because she ends up writing this sort of epic poem, kind of narrative, mixed genre piece, that really allows her to explore what she was feeling about how her teaching life as a first-year teacher was really feeling consuming to her, and how she was feeling like she was battling that kind of consumption, and that fear of consumption. And that process of her writing that piece and that process of her sharing that piece and discussing it...I think did really significant work in her life, and she has credited on several occasions, how that helped her kind of create space to stay in the classroom and stay present in her students' lives. And also just kind of keep Christina in front of herself."

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