Based on delayed and waved district openings we have decided to postpone our fall workshops to the spring. This decision was made in conjunction with the authors and our hope is that the new dates are more conducive to your district/campus schedule. 

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Patterns of Power: Inviting Adolescent Writers into the Conventions of Language, Grades 6-8 with Jeff Anderson 

This workshop is designed for those who teach or support grades 6-8. Meaning is made when reading and writing crash together in the conventions of language. Join us to explore ways to harness the language conventions to purposefully activate meaning in both comprehension and composition. Let’s move the conventions of language from being viewed as right and wrong to seeing them as providing meaning and effect. Let’s move from test practice to best practice that prepares students for any writing challenge, multiple choice or otherwise. Let’s move toward brain-based, practical ways to use the reading-writing connection to teach grammar and editing in a way that grows adolescent writers and readers.

Workshop Information


Friday, March 26th 2021 from 9:00am to 3:00pm


Live Virtual Event via Zoom


Early Bird Pricing (before Mar. 12th): $189 per registrant

Regular Registration (after Mar. 12th): $199 per registrant 

Jeff Anderson

For almost thirty years, Jeff has inspired writers and teachers of grades 1-10 with the power and joy of the writing process. He has written five books for Stenhouse Publishers: Mechanically Inclined, Everyday Editing, 10 Things Every Writer Needs to Know, Revision Decisions (coauthored with Dr. Deborah Dean of BYU), and his latest, for grades 1-5, Patterns of Power: Inviting Young Writers into the Conventions of Language (with Whitney La Rocca). He also writes middle-grade novels, including Zack Delacruz: Me and My Big Mouth (Sterling), which was selected for the Keystone State Reading List in Pennsylvania.

Jeff’s new book is written with Whitney La Rocca. They met at a staff development and immediately began tweaking the invitational process for primary and elementary writers. Three years of their professional relationship resulted in the Patterns of Power: Inviting Young Writers into the Conventions of Language (2017).

Jeff grew up in Austin, Texas, where he fell in love with writing while journaling and sharing stories he’d written to entertain his friends on the phone. As a staff developer and demonstration teacher, Jeff says, "I love the ability to spark curiosity and creativity and to support people in finding their voices. That's pure joy."