Facilitation strategies, pedagogy, philosophy and best practices derived from our work with homeless youth:
- We believe that the life of the participants serves as the primary text for our writing workshops.
- In all Write Home workshops, the empowerment of voice and building of community always takes precedence to concerns about craft.
- We encourage free writing as a means of producing writing as it is relatively low stakes, it encourages reluctant writers to put pen to page, and it often allows writers to surprise themselves with what they are able to produce in a short amount of time.
- Write Home workshops have a very intentional structure, which often follow this pattern: Check In > Brain Storm > Prompt 1 (Free Write) > Share > Prompt 2 (Free Write) > Share > Close Out
- Writing workshop prompts should allow participants to be as personal or as impersonal as they need or feel comfortable with.
- Writing workshop prompts within the same workshop should build on each other but they should also be able to function on their own, so that if a participant joins the workshop late or must leave before the end of the workshop, they are not left out. It is important that workshops have multiple points of entry and exit.
- More coming soon!