How to Confer With Writers of All Ages

Updated: Oct 26, 2021


Conferring in Readers’ Workshop helps to move readers forward in their reading, but what about writing?

Writing is the same!

First, you need to gather your materials: a conference notebook or clipboard, post it notes and familiar mentor texts that may be used to teach strategies or craft elements during the conference.

The conferring structure for writing is the same as in reading:

Research

Decide

Compliment

Teach

The ideas included are the ideas I've synthesized from the research of Carl Anderson, Jennifer Serravallo, Lucy Calkins and many others. Over the years of using their research, I developed a routine that fit my teaching style to effectively confer with students and help develop their writing.