I’m really excited about Patricia Zaballos’ book Workshops Work!: A Parents Guide to Facilitating Writing Workshops for Kids, which is just out. Patricia is an expert homeschooling writer mama, and I’m so glad to know her. She loves words and inspires others to find the joy in words. (She writes the blog Wonderfarm, and if you have time, please check out her 2009 Year of Excellent Essayists posts, in which she reads and responds each month to the work of a different essayist. They’re fabulous.)
You definitely don’t have to homeschool your kids to get something out of Patricia Zaballos’ Workshops Work! It’s inspiring for any parent, teacher or writer. It reminded me why I love to workshop with my students, and why I love to have my own writing workshopped. It works. It keeps me writing. It makes me a better writer.
Workshops Work! provides inspiration and the nitty gritty details to help anyone establish a writer’s workshop. The book is geared toward adults who are working with kids, but you could just as easily use this book to establish an adult writer’s workshop. It’s full of wonderful nuggets that will not only help writers and writing teachers respond and help their students respond more effectively to workshops, but will help us respond more effectively and empathetically to each other out in the world, in daily life. That’s an unexpected gift in this book.
Patricia has offered three PDF/ebook copies of Workshops Work! to Motherhood & Words readers. Yay! Please comment below to be entered into the drawing. I will accept comments until Wednesday, December 12.
I’m also looking forward to having Patricia as a guest at Motherhood & Words in the next few weeks to discuss her process with self-publishing. So stay tuned. And don’t forget to leave a comment if you are interested in winning a PDF/ebook copy of Workshops Work!