Support for Writing Groups

Ideas, activities and inspiration for your writing group.

There’s still time to participate in Write Across Chicago!

Groups at schools, library branches, non-profit organizations, churches, businesses - all can sign up.

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How to Conduct a Writing Group

In schools, teachers guide writing, but in businesses and community organizations, a facilitator can help.

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Finding Good Topics

Where I’m From – Personal Poetry Writing Activity

This is an easy way to help writers create poetry using what they know best - themselves.  It’s a predictable structure…

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“I Remember” Reading to Inspire Writing

This engaging piece of writing can motivate writers to reminisce and think through possible topics to develop into longer…

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Kitchen Table Times

Everyday places often provide a backdrop for some of the significant moments of our lives.  This activity guides writers…

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Heart Mapping

A heart map is a heart-shaped figure in which you jot a wide variety of things important to you. Creating a heart map…

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Responding to a Quotation

Often, a strong statement by someone can lead the listener or reader to realize he she also has strong ideas about the…

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Developing and Expanding Ideas

Guided Imagery Narrative

Guided imagery is a powerful way to focus a writer’s attention on a topic. It helps the writer “see” details of a scene…

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Writing an Apology Poem

Some poems take the form of “direct address”—that is, the speaker in the poem talks directly to a specific person. An…

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Memoir of a Person

Often we want to capture memories of important events and people but have trouble finding the words. This activity guides…

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Getting to Know You Interview

This activity can help group members learn more about one another in a fun and positive way. Group members will interview…

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Four-Square Activity for Brainstorming Details About an Event in One’s Life

This activity enables a writer to recall details to help paint a vivid word-picture of an event that has been important…

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Four-Card Brainstorming Activity

This activity helps writers generate meaningful topics and details about them, to write about. The topic each writer…

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Visualization Activity Inspired by “How to Eat a Guava”

This is an enjoyable activity that helps writers develop vivid detail and discover meaning in a remembered activity from…

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Sharing Writing and Giving Feedback

Guidelines for Sharing in Groups

There are several purposes for sharing writing in groups. An obvious one is to help each other. Sometimes, however, a…

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If Writers Want Feedback

Feedback helps by providing a reader’s perspective on the written words. However, the writing belongs to the writer, so…

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Strategies for Helping Writers When They Get Stuck

People sometimes get stuck in the middle of a piece or not know what to write about in the first place. This is sometimes…

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