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Continuing Education

[Online] Writing for Publication

Date: 9:00am - 1:00pm PST January 16, 2021 Location: Online


This intensive writing course provides teachers time out from the hectic pace of classroom life to reflect on their practice, discuss their research on writing and learning, as they address local and national concerns about education—especially during this time of rebellion and pandemic. After an examination of contemporary articles about education—both content and style, teachers will develop one or more articles for publication. Teachers will write narratives about school/teaching life, articles about theory and practice grounded in classroom lessons, and opinion pieces about issues in the teaching of writing or education for a variety of publications. Course is limited to 15 participants. Pre-requisite: Instructor approval.

The purpose of the course is for classroom teachers to write an article for publication, to enter the national dialogue about teaching by examining their own classrooms, practices, lessons, student work and writing about a piece of that work. Teachers rarely have the time to write. This course provides Saturday retreats, so that teachers can have the time and space and coaching to work on a piece of writing.

By the end of the course, teachers should be able to do the following:

  • Identify appropriate journals in the field, including format, topics, and guidelines for submission.
  • Read journals and deconstruct articles’ format as a means of determining how diverse articles are written including book reviews, narratives about teaching life, essays exploring classroom practice and/or controversial educational topics in the field of writing;
  • Respond to the work of fellow participants.
  • Write a well-supported article about a facet of teaching based on classroom practice.
  • Prepare a manuscript for publication, including a query letter.

Course Details & Registration

Dates & Time: Saturdays, January 16, 30, February 20, March 6, April 3, 17, May 1, 2021, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. In an effort to regulate the amount of screen time for this online course, the instructor will provide times for small groups to meet, as well as other asynchronous learning opportunities. 

Instructor: Linda Christensen, MEd, Director, Oregon Writing Project

Graduate Continuing education credit: CEED 897-W01, 3 semester hours, $1,050
Graduate Degree-Applicable credit: ED 597-W01, 3 semester hours, $2,625

Begin Application Here. Additional information will be sent following instructor approval.

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    Please note: Discounted ‘Student Rate’ registrations are for current students only and do not include continuing education credit (CEU/PDUs)

About the Instructor

Linda Christensen has been involved in the Oregon Writing Project (OWP) since her first National Writing Project Summer Institute in 1980. Linda has taught and/or provided literacy coaching in public schools for over 40 years, including seven years as the PPS district language arts specialist, and regularly provides professional development in writing across the curriculum for local and national schools. Linda is a social justice activist, leader, and author for Rethinking Schools, a national grassroots social justice education magazine, and author and editor of several books: Reading, Writing and Rising Up, 2nd Edition, Teaching for Joy and Justice, Rhythm and Resistance: Teaching Poetry for Social Justice, and most recently The New Teacher Book: Finding purpose, balance, and hope during your first years in the classroom, 3rd Edition. She was awarded the 2020 Distinguished Service Award from NCTE.

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