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“The writing assignments allow for creativity while fitting in some useful idioms and vocabulary. Students are sure to enjoy the wide-ranging topics and types of writing included in this volume.” — Maggie Sokolik, Director of the College Writing Program, UC Berkeley, and author of How to Write an Essay and Academic and Business Writing
“With practical activities that can be immediately integrated into any creative writing class, Nicholas Gordon has created a book with the teacher in mind. His collaborative writing approach can easily lead to engaging class discussions and provide students with the fun and engaging atmosphere to help them learn.” —Dr. Ryan Thorpe, Author of Teaching Creative Writing to Second Language Learners
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Make Writing Lively, Surprising, and Social
Many students view writing work as just that: work, boring drudgery. Worse, as they master the structural requirements of academic writing, their prose can get more formulaic and stale! Conversational Writing is the antidote! This unique book complements the writing teacher’s toolbox and enhances students’ facility, joy, and creativity with writing.
It turns writing into a conversation, an interactive and dynamic activity! Students get an original, imaginative situation and several prompts. They respond to one prompt and pass the paper. The result is a work with multiple authors and multiple ideas. The perfect fluency writing activity or use it as a prewriting for a longer essay or story! Nicholas Gordon has put his long experience as an outreach coordinator at the Georgetown CIED program and Director of the English Language Program at The University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy into this mix of wacky, intriguing, engaging, and functional writing prompts.
Inside find prompts about:
- funny headlines
- a murder investigation
- TOEFL essay-like prompts
- personal getting-to-know-you type prompts
- practice with grammar forms!
Writing work shouldn’t be work!
1 Aug 2021
8.5 x 11 inches
Blurbs and Reviews
“Conversational Writing should be in every teacher’s story telling toolbox. The exercises encourage group cooperation, conversation and how to use the most powerful tool of all–the imagination. And on a deeper level, it teaches kindness and caring. I highly recommend it.”
— Jamie Cat Callan, creator of The Writers Toolbox from Chronicle Books.
“I love the approach of conversational writing as a bite-sized way to combine speaking and writing skills. An innovative and highly useful resource!”
— Taylor Sapp, author of Stories Without End and What Would You Do?
“…aims to develop not only writing skills but also writers. Each sketch of eight thematic units is carefully crafted to entice students to learn more about a subject, be creative, and explore different language forms, voice, genres, and points of view.”
— Martha Sidury Christiansen, Assistant Professor, University of Texas