Patty McGee

Elementary Writing Workshop (K-5)

September 26, 2022

Harre Union Ballroom
8:30 AM – 3:00 PM CDT (check-in at 8 AM)
Half-day registration available

Please join us at Valparaiso University for the 2022 Elementary Writing Workshop with Patty McGee. Described by others as the “Writer Whisperer”, Patty is a teacher, author, and consultant who is passionate about creating learning environments in which students find their true potential and power. Patty’s publications include Writers Workshop Made Simple: 7 Essentials for Every Classroom and Every Writer (Benchmark Education), and Feedback that Moves Writers Forward: How to Escape Correcting Mode to Transform Student Writing. Additionally, Patty is a contributing author to the Grades K-5 Writer’s Workshop and Grades K-5 Grammar Study Micro-Workshop for Benchmark Education.

Workshop Description:

In order to accomodate the busy schedules of teachers and administrators, we are pleased to offer both full day and half day options for this workshop. Please review the details below to select your preference:

Full Day (8:30 am – 3:00 pm)

Morning Session: Feedback That Moves Writers Forward:  How to Escape Correcting Mode to Transform Student Writers

Description: Just the right kind of feedback can nurture perseverance, engagement, and ownership, thus creating passionate, invested writers.  Author and educator Patty McGee will demonstrate ways that feedback can inspire students to reach new heights as writers. She will discuss ways to use feedback to help writers reflect so they are better able to apply what they learned about content, craft, and style and become fearless, original, and intentional writers—in any content area.

Afternoon Session: Building Resilient Writers

Description: Writing may just be the experience that requires the most resilience in schools. After all, writing exposes vulnerabilities, but through that, students find their voice and power. When students show up again and again, despite feeling vulnerable, writing skills will develop. Learn new ways to support resilient writers by integrating proven techniques and intentional language in writing instruction.

Half Day (8:30 am – 11:30 am)

Participants that choose the half day option will participate in the Morning Session:
Feedback That Moves Writers Forward, described above.

Registration Information

Full Day Registration (8:30 am – 3:00 pm)

Breakfast and lunch are included in full day registration.

Early Registration (through 09/12/22): $125 per person

After 09/12/22: $150 per person

Group Discount (full day registration ONLY): Register 5 people for the full-day format and get a sixth registration for free!

Half Day Registration (8:30 am – 11:30 am)

The half day option allows teachers and administrators to engage in the important content of this workshop, with the flexibility to return to the instructional day.

Only Breakfast is included in half day registration.

Early Registration (through 09/12/22): $60 per person

After 09/12/22: $70 per person

*The Group Discount does not apply to the half day option

Purchase Orders:

Shortly after submitting your registration form, you will receive an invoice confirming the total amount of participants and payment amount.

At your earliest convenience, please make your check payable to Valparaiso University. Include your School’s Name and the Invoice number on the memo line and mail to:

Attn: Emma Kelley
Valparaiso University
Meier Hall
1800 Chapel Drive
Valparaiso, IN 46383

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For all inquiries about the event, registration, or special dietary restrictions, please contact Emma Kelley at or call (219).464.6734.