I was cruising around the EC Ning the other day and came across a Penny Kittle (a very smart teacher) blog post. In this post, she talked about the abundance of discussion and focus on summer reading among teachers yet the lack of attention on summer writing. She then went on to post her summer writing goal.


I never really stopped to think about this until I saw it on the Ning (just one of the many great things I can say about that fantastic resource). I always take time to read several books over the summer, but I have never set a specific writing goal for myself.


So, feeling inspired, and not wanting to wait until summer to get started, a few of my colleagues and I decided to set our own winter writing goals and workshop when we get back from our school’s break. For me, workshopping is both terrifying and exhilarating, but knowing that a few of my best friends will be going through it with me is beyond encouraging.


My goal: Write Chapter 1.


I anticipate a few false starts and missteps along the way, but I’m excited to see where this takes me and my writing. Hopefully, I’ll have something great to post here in a few weeks!


Do you have winter writing goals? Do you want to? Write them down here! If you are looking to start a workshop with other students, comment below and connect!




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Comment by Melissa Peisker on December 21, 2011 at 12:43pm

My goal: write 5 chapters. Of course, me being me, it'll probably be closer to 5 pages.

Comment by Patrick Klimek on May 30, 2013 at 11:59am

I think that it’s stupid to write over your winter break but I respect your decision to do so. I really liked your chapter one when I heard it at WW.

Keep writing till you cry

Comment by Patrick Klimek on May 30, 2013 at 12:00pm

Sorry I meant "Don't stop writing till you cry"

Comment by Allie Oakes on October 23, 2013 at 10:10pm

My goal: write once a week for the next month just for fun. I never do writing that isn't for school or college apps anymore, and I think that really is such a shame. So, even though my goal is simple and honestly pretty easy, I really hope I can stick to it because I think it'll be a really good additive to first semester senior year.

Comment by Russ Anderson on October 24, 2013 at 9:05am

That's a great goal! My recommendation would be to find a writing partner to share your work with. Me. Berdick and Ms. Fritz have been integral for me in my own writing, not only in keeping me on track but in giving me fantastic advice and edits. Good luck! I'd love to see some of your writing!
Comment by Caroline Prescott on October 24, 2013 at 10:30pm

My friend Amelia West and I have decided to partner up and do a daily sharable draft type project. Each day will contain a specific prompt, and every weekend or so we will meet up and share our ideas and writing! This way, we can hold each other accountable for this project and bounce ideas around together! I think this will be so much fun, and a great way to incorporate writing into my everyday life!


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