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Professional Development Guide for Educators

Client: Partnership for Inquiry LearningProject: 5 Strategies for Effective In-House Professional Development: A guide for administrators, coaches, and facultyInbound marketing offer My favorite projects combine all my interests—teaching, writing, and marketing—like this professional development guide for educators that was developed as an inbound marketing offer for the Partnership for Inquiry Learning at Butler University.

Conferring Course

Improve your conferences with student writers. Enroll today in the 5-day mini-workshop by email that I created for the Partnership for Inquiry Learning at Butler University. Get more info

Reading [grief] like a Writer: THE POND

The Pond by Nicola Davies is—in hindsight—the book I wish I’d found immediately after my brother died suddenly in February 2001. But even if it had existed then, I probably wouldn’t have found it, because it’s a children’s picture book, and I was an adult without children at the time.

Craft Strategy: White Space

I suspect my undergraduate writing students will have no difficulty recognizing at least one craft strategy in my recently published essay, “Reckoning.” I teach it early and often.

Perhaps it’s my trademark.

I’m talking about white space. I like to use it around a single short line to make the line stand out and demand attention. It’s a strategic move that stuck with me after several semesters of poetry in college, even as I migrated to prose. To be clear, I’m not talking about dialogue, which might look set off by white space because of grammar conventions. I’m talking about an original line of my thoughts that I deliberately place by itself.

I know your eyes go there.

Feedback is important (and I mess up sometimes)

In the first post in this series, I was thinking about the feedback I give student writers. That leads me to another big observation: sometimes I mess up, perhaps even bad enough to set a kid back a little. Learn more about two conversations with students that I’d like to redo.

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