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Teach Write: Who Are You Writing For?

Welcome to Teach Write! This column draws on my 20 years’ experience teaching writing to kids, university students, and adult learners. It includes ideas and exercises that teachers can use in the classroom, and creative writers can use to level up their process. Last time we talked about the 40:20:40 rule of writing, and how the first 40% of the effort that goes into any piece happens in the preparation phase. The very first piece of preparation is to identify your audience: in other words, who are you writing for? Professional writers think about audience all the time (it’s...

Teach Write: The Three-Step Writing Process

Welcome to Teach Write! This column draws on my 20 years’ experience teaching writing to kids, university students, and adult learners. It includes ideas and exercises that teachers can use in the classroom, and creative writers can use to level up their process. And today we’re going to focus on that word: process. One of the biggest misconceptions that people of all ages have about writing is that they’ll sit down at their keyboards, and their word babies will spring fully-formed from their brains, a bit like adult-Athena springing forth from the mind of Zeus. Hey, I’m not judging....