Exploring the Writing Process

Students at James H. Boyd Intermediate School participated in a creative writing workshop, led by award-winning children’s author Brian Heinz, from Oct. 21 to 23.

Gathered in the auditorium, students listened as Mr. Heinz spoke about his experience as a writer and the process of publishing a book. With the use of a road map-style mural board and dozens of visual aids, students learned how a book becomes a reality, from raw ideas to finished product, and the many steps and people involved in the procedure.  

Over the following two days, Mr. Heinz conducted mini writing workshops with each of the third- through fifth-grade classes, focusing on descriptive writing skills and techniques. Through examples, readings, discussion and interactive exercises, students learned to skillfully reveal the critical elements of a story by captivating the reader’s attention from the opening page.