F282. Beg, Borrow, Steal: Twenty-five Best Teaching Practices from Teachers Who Write for Writers Who Teach

Room 604, Washington State Convention Center, Level 6
Friday, February 28, 2014
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


Effective teaching requires training, yet few writing programs include a pedagogical focus. This interactive workshop demonstrates methods begged, borrowed, and stolen from successful classes. We’ll model best practices for developing: student engagement; classroom community; thoughtful craft discussions; dynamic, even fearless writing; useful peer workshops; and meaningful revision for every teaching level and institutional context––things you can use in your next class.



Caroline Mei-Lin Mar is a Special Education teacher and poet. She chairs the Special Education Department at an urban public 6-12 school, where she also co-teaches English and history. She is in the MFA Program at the Warren Wilson College.

Xochiquetzal Candelaria is the author of Empire. Her work has appeared in the Nation, the New England Review, and Gulf Coast. She has received multiple fellowships, including an NEA for poetry. She teaches at San Francisco City College.

Nick Vagnoni teaches writing and rhetoric as a full-time faculty member at Florida International University in Miami, Florida. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Mid-American Review, Floating Wolf Quarterly, and the Miami Rail.

Denise Delgado teaches in the Honors College at Florida International University. She has taught many workshops at arts/community organizations, museums, and K-12 schools. Her fiction and essays appear in Inch, Jai-Alai magazine, Fiction Writers Review, and Hinchas de Poesía.

Kimberly Jean Smith


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center