Mini-lesson Basics

    1. Writing Territories: Launching the Writing Workshop
    2. Questions for Memoirists
    3. Heart Mapping
    4. Where Poetry Hides
    5. Problems to Explore in Fiction
    6. Twenty Actions
    7. Itches to Scratch in Essays

    1. What is Writing?
    2. The Rule of So What?
    3. Thoughts and Feelings
    4. The Rule of Write about a Pebble
    5. Narrative Leads
    6. Good Titles
    7. Polishing
    8. Final Copies: What Readers Need
    9. 16. Thinking on Paper: Planning Sheets
    10. Can a Reader See It, Hear It, Feel It?
    11. A Movie behind Your Eyelids
    12. How a Thesaurus Can Help

      Troubleshooting: Surefire Ways to Weaken Your Writing
      1. The Really Bad Words
      2. Too-Long and Too-Short Paragraphs
      3. The Missing I
      4. Passive Sentences
      5. Exclamation Points
      6. Hopefully
      7. Stories That End "The End"

    1. Hopefully
    2. Stories That End "The End"

    1. Ineffective and Effective Memoirs

      A Course of Study: Fiction
      1. What's Easy about Writing Bad Fiction?
      2. What's Hard about Writing Good Fiction?
      3. The Main Character Questionnaire
      4. Considerations in Creating a Character
      5. Short Story Structure
      6. Ways to Develop a Character

      A Course of Study: How Free-Verse Poetry Works

      1. The Power of I
      2. Beware the Participle
      3. Leads: Begin Inside

    1. Conclusions: End Strongly
    2. Breaking Lines and Stanzas and Punctuating
    3. Cut to the Bone
    4. Use Repetition
    5. Two Things at Once

      Troubleshooting: Some Poetic Forms
      1. Sestinas and Tritinas
      2. Irregular Odes
      3. Haiku
      4. Thirteen-Ways Poems
      5. Memoir Poems

    1. Gifts of Writing
    2. Effective Book Reviews

      A Course of Study: Essays
      1. Effective Essays: Teasing Out Criteria
      2. How Do I Scratch the Itch?
      3. Write with Information
      4. Order the Information
      5. Leads for an Essay
      6. Experiment with Essay Conclusions

    1. Ted L. Nancy Letters and Other Genres for Humorists
    2. Test Writing as a Genre

    1. The Individual Proofreading List
    2. Business Letter Format and Addressing an Envelope
    3. A Brief History of the English Language

      Troubleshooting: Spelling Essentials

      1. Weekly Word Studies
      2. Personal Survival Words
      3. Proofreading for Spelling
      4. The Truth about I before E
      5. Some Foreign Words Used in English Texts
      6. Root Words and Prefixes
      7. Suffixes: To Double or Not?
      8. Other Suffix Rules That Mostly Work

    1. A Brief History of Some Common Punctuation Marks
    2. Essential Punctuation Information

      Troubleshooting: Convention Confusions

      1. How to Correct Coma Splices
      2. How to Punctuate Dialogue
      3. Homonyms
      4. Four Capitlization Confusions
      5. Writing Numbers
      6. Indicating Titles
      7. Me or I?

    1. Student Memoirs
    2. Student Short Fiction
    3. Student Essays
    4. Student Book Reviews
    5. Resources for Writing Mini-lessons

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Lesson Walkthrough
Sample Lessons
From the Introduction
About Nancie Atwell

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