[AAACE-NLA] FW: Electronic Conference:Writing Out Loud
hwrigley at aiweb.com
Mon Feb 23 16:25:50 EST 2004
Hi, to all who are interested in writing as part of adult literacy and
would like the opportunity to discuss what you do and how you do it (or
what you would like to do but don't quite know how).
Literacy B.C. in Canada offers a free on-line conference on writing -
please see the description below. (Sandy Middleton who runs these
conferences provides information on how to sign up). The conference will
be facilitated by Deborah Morgan whose model for writing, called
"writing out loud" is widely respected and used in Canada.
To register or if you have questions, please email Sandy - and not to
the entire list please. Although if you want to discuss the role of
professional development when it comes to using writing as a way to give
voice to students' experiences and thoughts, this list might be a good
To register for the on-line conference on writing and adult literacy,
please contact Sandy Middleton at smiddleton at literacy.bc.ca.
Please be sure to include your first and last names and place of work.
From: Sandy Middleton [mailto:smiddleton at literacy.bc.ca]
Sent: Monday, February 23, 2004 10:25 AM
To: Heide Wrigley; Behroozi, Jaleh; Janet Isserlis; Jackie Keener;
Behroozi, Jaleh; Lenore Balliro
Subject: Electronic Conference:Writing Out Loud
WRITING OUT LOUD: AN ELECTRONIC CONFERENCE WITH DEBORAH MORGAN
MARCH 1 - 28, 2004
Join Deborah Morgan, author of "Writing Out Loud" and "More Writing Out
Loud", to talk about writing in literacy programming. Over four weeks
Deborah will share what it means to "Write Out Loud," and explore with
ways to encourage writing and to help people find a voice through
The conference is free of charge and takes place in asychronous time.
you need to participate is a web browser. A conference ID and password
willl be assigned to you when you register for the conference. To
register contact Sandy Middleton at smiddleton at literacy.bc.ca. Please
sure to include your first and last names and place of work.
WRITING OUT LOUD CONFERENCE SCHEDULE
Pre-conference introductions, Diana Twiss: February 23 - 29
Writing Out Loud with Deborah Morgan: March 1 - 28
Post-conference wrap-up, Diana Twiss: March 29 - April 4
Deborah Morgan has long been a champion of writing, particularly in
literacy programming. As the author of "Writing Out Loud" and "More
Writing Out Loud" Deborah offers the literacy world support,
encouragement, guidelines and a bunch of fun exercises to help us
writing with our learners. Why is this so popular and so effective?
why is writing so potentially transforming?
Experience has taught us that writing freely allows us to write about
lives in new ways. We begin to look at our lives and our world from
different angles, gaining new perspective by putting our thoughts,
feelings and worries into written words on paper. We begin to play with
One of our goals in this on-line conference is to promote the use and
value of writing in literacy programming. We want to focus on the value
of writing, for "writing and supportively sharing our stories can be an
insightful and pleasurable means to self discovery, personal validation,
literacy skills development, connection to the community and increased
emotional and physical well being." [Mission statement:
The Writing Out Loud approach to writing, used only in a safe,
nonjudgmental environment, does not emphasize the mechanics of grammar
spelling. Instead, writing and learning become easy and enjoyable. All
writers are respected and supported when they write. Instructors and
students write and learn together. No one is excluded from this approach
to literacy. Writing Out Loud allows writers to learn through writing
sharing what is important to them. This type of learning is relevant to
In the next four weeks we want to share with you what it means to "Write
Out Loud" and explore ways to encourage writing, both from a learner's
an instructor's perspective. Ultimately we want to discover ways that
can help people to find a voice through writing, and once found, use
Over the past 18 years, Deborah Morgan has worked in the field of adult
literacy as a program coordinator, tutor, instructor, researcher,
program developer, and special project manager. She is a Past President
the Alberta Association for Adult Literacy as well as Past President of
the Literacy Coordinators of Alberta. Her first book, Opening Doors,
documented the lived experiences of literacy workers in Alberta, Canada.
Her well-received second book, Writing Out Loud and third More Writing
Loud have gained a following in Canada and around the world.
Deborah received the Canada Post 2000 Educator's Award in recognition of
her groundbreaking work with the nationally acclaimed Write to Learn
Program. She has also been honoured with the International Reading
Association Carl Brawn Literacy Award in 1996, the Alberta Literacy
of Merit in 1998 and the Camrose Chamber of Commerce Education Award in
Deborah lives in Camrose, Alberta.
The Writing Out Loud conference is sponsored by The Hub in collaboration
with eLit.ca. The Hub is an online community in British Columbia that
a partnership of Literacy BC and Capilano College and is funded by the
National Literacy Secretariat, Human Resources Development Canada and
BC Ministry of Advanced Education. eLit.ca is an online community that
includes literacy coalitions from Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, as
well as groups and individuals from many other areas of Canada .
601-510 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 1L8
Toll-free in BC: 1-800-663-1293
Email: SMiddleton at literacy.bc.ca
"We have the power to destroy or heal. When words
are both true and kind, they can change our world."
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