Join us for this interactive presentation to learn about the joy and craft of writing.

The Illinois Writing Project Invites You to

The Joy and Craft of Writing

Thursday, March 1st, 2018 4:00 – 8:00 PM

Buffalo Grove High School – 1100 W. Dundee Rd., Buffalo Grove, IL 60089

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Featured Speaker: Ralph Fletcher

Join Ralph Fletcher as he discusses the joy and craft of writing.

Nothing helps writers grow like practice. But not just any kind of practice will do. A writer needs wide latitude so she can bring all her intelligence to the task. Assigning a particular format—a hamburger essay, for instance would curtail this play, if not eliminate it entirely. That’s why we must give students time and autonomy for playful, lowstakes writing, along with craft lessons & mentor text leading to surprising, high-level growth.

Ralph Fletcher
Raph Fletcher

Ralph Fletcher frequently works with young writers in schools, and speaks at education conferences in the U.S. and abroad, helping teachers find wiser ways of teaching writing. Ralph is the beloved author of many bestselling teacher professional books including Writing Workshop: The Essential Guide; Craft Lessons; and Breathing In, Breathing Out as well as the author of firsthand classroom materials such as Teaching the Qualities of Writing and Lessons for the Writer’s Notebook. Students know Ralph as the award-winning author of more than 20 books for children and young adults, including Fig Pudding, Twilight Comes Twice, The Writer’s Notebook, and Marshfield Dreams: When I Was a Kid.

 Dinner and Presentation at Buffalo Grove High School

1100 W. Dundee Rd., Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
– Northeast corner of Dundee Road & Arlington Heights Road
in Buffalo Grove, IL.

Doors Open at 4:00pm

4:00 – 5:15

  • Registration
  • Dinner Buffet
  • Collegial Conversations
  • Visit Vendors

5:15 – 6:45

  • Ralph Fletcher’s Presentation

6:45 – 7:00

  • Break
  • Visit with vendors and colleagues

7:00 – 7:45

  • Q&A with Ralph Fletcher

7:45 – 8:00

  • News from the Illinois Writing Project
  • Professional credit hours issued

Special Early Bird Rate Extended to 1/31


  • Early Bird: $55 (Before Jan 31)
  • $60 (After Jan 31)


  • $30 each student

If paying by district PO, send a digital copy to IWP Director Steve Zemelman at

3 Professional Development Hours

For further information contact Steve at or call (847) 674-2318.

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