Thank You For Sharing Your Writing

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Several months ago I was inspired to write a poem that would introduce the concept of conferring to young writers. It’s no Seuss, Silverstein or Dickinson, but it’s helped me convey that conferring is about celebrating what’s going right and respecting the writer, asking good questions and making writers stronger.

 

 

 

Conferring Poem

Read to me and I’ll read it too.
I’ll tell you what I notice as a reader or I’ll ask you.

We may end there and celebrate,
“Thank you for sharing your writing.”

Or I may ask, “As a writer, what are you trying to do?”
I’ll pose questions and talk to you.

We may end there and celebrate,
“Thank you for sharing your writing.”

Every time we add, change or delete:
a letter
a word
a detail
a convention
a sentence
Our writing gets better; we become stronger.

So my job is to help you
bring out the best that you can do.
We won’t sweat the little stuff.
You are a writer; you are enough.
But I will give you something to grow on,

Thank you for sharing your writing.

 

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