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The Writer’s Workshop takes an approach to teaching writing that is new only because it is so old Today rhetoric and composition typically proceed by ignoring what was done for 2500 years in Western education Gregory Roper on the other hand helps students learn to write in the way the great writers of the past themselves learned by carefully imitating m An appealing aspect of Gregory Roper s The Writer s Workshop Imitating Your Way to Better Writing is that it is accessible to educators of all levels On the surface a teacher of middle grades might balk at the fact that he uses writing by Dickens Hemingway Joyce Cicero Pope Gregory VII and Henry IV to illustrate his points True I can t guarantee that my 8th graders would read Pope Gregory VII and comprehend much at all however I can report that they understood the passages by Dickens and Hemingway the little generators inside their skulls hummed to a warm to glow when I explained Roper s point about Civil War soldiers only having grammar school educationsyet they wrote beautiful letters How did they do it How did the classic writers and orators do it Roper suggests that there is enough evidence to point to one consistent answer imitationAt the very least some of the literary examples in this book are accessible to middle grade readers and the rest are useful to you to help you build a lesson about Roper s core concept imitation improves our writing and has for centuriesRoper makes no claim that he is inventing the concept of imitation The value of his book rests in the fact the he explains each point extremely well he includes core exercises and extended core exercises in each chapter His examples and their explanations are thorough he patientl teaches them to you He does not write beyond your grasp or speak down to you The book has the feel as if it were written by a teacher who has struggled with teaching writing in the pastand it isAt the back of the book Roper s chapter notes are some of the most useful I ve discovered While chapter notes may be often easily ignored these take you deeper into the core concepts suggest other ways to present these ideas to studentsinclude modifications to exercises or how you might share pieces with your kidsI like the fact that Roper really sticks to one very specific point for the entire book yet he offers a wealth of example exercise and teaching points for teachers of all levels to incorporateOn Friday I introduced his lesson on Hemingway s style to my class of 8th grades We read the short story A Day s Wait and then discussed it I allowed Roper s notes to guide me through the lesson the kids got it Then they set out to imitate what they perceived Hemingway was trying to do We reviewed the concepts again today and worked on revision tomorrow we share and discuss This is after working through his lesson on Dickens earlier last weekMy 8th graders are catching on I m running out of days to workshop my kids on the rest of Roper s exercises I enthusiastically suggest that if you are a teacher of writing to check this book out for yourself I find interesting and full of ideas I m actually looking forward to designing a few lessons over the summer based on the concepts in Roper s book

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The Writer's Workshop Imitating Your Way to Better Writing

 Interspersed into chapters full of sound practical advice and challenging assignments are reflections on Great Ideas from “Realism and Impressionism” to “Nominalism and Modern Science” Perfect for the college or even high school writing classroom as well as a marvelous book for homeschoolers and others who would like to improve their own writing I like the premise but it is too creative writing project focused for me to use with my high schoolers in home education They do most creative writing on their own But I did pull portions for a few lessons We basically use the same method by writing in the style of from who we are reading already This seems better suited for a college creative writing class IMHO

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Asters of the craft including Cicero Thomas Auinas Charles Dickens Sojourner Truth James Joyce and Ernest Hemingway By living in their workshops and apprenticing to these and other masters apprentice writers like apprentice musicians painters and blacksmiths of the past will rapidly improve the complexity of their art and discover their own native voices A really fine book on imitation in writing The target audience is college age students and teachers but the principles apply at every level of education and life The early examples are well chosen to illustrate a genre but also show differences within a genre Later examples are longer and don t have a different style for pairing which would have been a benefit The exercises are very straightforward and consistent and Roper s endnotes provide much help to those unfamiliar with the examples or with analysisI plan to use this with my high school seniors


4 thoughts on “The Writer's Workshop Imitating Your Way to Better Writing

  1. says:

    An appealing aspect of Gregory Roper's The Writer's Workshop Imitating Your Way to Better Writing is that it is accessible to educators of all levels On the surface a teacher of middle grades might balk at the fact that he uses writi

  2. says:

    A really fine book on imitation in writing The target audience is college age students and teachers but the principles apply at every level of education and life The early examples are well chosen to illustrate a genre but also show differences within a genre Later examples are longer and don’t have a different style for pairing which would have been a benefit The exercises are very straightforward and consistent and Roper’

  3. says:

    I like the premise but it is too creative writing project focused for me to use with my high schoolers in home education They do most creative writing on their own But I did pull portions for a few lessons We basically use the same method by 'writing in the style of ' from who we are reading already This seems better suite

  4. says:

    A very interesting workbook; it's perfect for exploring different writing styles and great for defeating writer's block