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Going Public with Student Writing

Most young writers long for an audience who will read and respond to their writing in a thoughtful way.  One of the most important gifts you can give your students is the desire to publish their writing in the world at-large.  There are a multitude of young author’s contests and magazines that accept student writing for publication.  However, sometimes we want more than that for our students.

Earlier this month Ooligan Press published the second edition of Classroom Publishing: A Practical Guide for Teachers.  (Disclosure: My former students’ book DEAL WITH IT! Powerful Words from Smart, Young Women is featured in this book.  However, I do not receive any compensation from the sale of Classroom Publishing.)  This is a resource guide for teachers who want to take their students’ writing beyond the walls of the classroom.  Traditional book publishing, as well as publishing with new technology, is discussed through a series of pieces that feature the work other teachers have done with their students around the country.  Additionally, there is information about how to plan your students’ project, how to obtain funding, how to protect your students’ work (i.e., copyright and intellectual property rights), how to write query letters, and much more.  This book is a gold mine if you want to see your students’ share their writing with a larger audience.

If you have some time, and the ability to get to Manhattan, this summer, then consider registering for the Student Press Initiative Summer Institute at Teachers College.  Here’s more information about SPI:

Our expert curriculum consultants bring their years of experience to carefully designed workshops that will take you through the process from planning to publishing, including a focus on proven ways to teach writing, revision, and editing to students of all ages and skill levels. We will also explore myriad ways to “go public” with your students’ work, from published texts to public performances.
Walk away from our Institute with new ideas and curriculum for your own classroom publication project, as well as countless mini-lessons, handouts, mentor texts and organizational strategies designed by past and present SPI consultants and partner teachers. Furthermore, learn how to use SPI’s innovative online publishing tools, which will enable you to easily create professional publications of your students’ writing and, in so doing, share their voices with the world.
(Retrieved from the SPI Website on 3/25/10,
Even if you can’t make it to SPI’s Summer Institute, take some time to peruse their website, which is loaded with excellent information about taking your students’ writing public.
What will you do to take the leap and get your own writing published so you can serve as a mentor for your students as they go down the path to publishing their own work?



Stacey Shubitz View All

Literacy Consultant. Author. Former 4th and 5th Grade Classroom Teacher.

5 thoughts on “Going Public with Student Writing Leave a comment

  1. My goal this year is to get something published about play. I have done some preliminary writing and have scheduled my first time with another educator who I hope will mentor me. Kind of scary putting that idea out there.


  2. One of the great things about the online world is that many new doors are open to publication — including creating your own websites, which potentially reach a world audience. I’ll have to check out that book. Thanks.


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