Welcome to Write the World! We offer a range of tools and resources to help you create a vibrant writing community within your classroom. As educators ourselves, we understand the exciting (and challenging) task of engaging young people in the writing process. We also understand how little time teachers have when it comes to finding fresh material, developing resources, and implementing creative writing into an already packed curriculum. We’re here to help.
Watch our founder, David Weinstein, talk about the ways Write the World empowers young writers on this Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative video.
Walt Whitman said, 'To have great poets, there must be great audiences, too.' Write the World encourages my students to carefully consider not only what and how they write, but the universality of what they feel. Suddenly, their audience is global. But in equal measure they are part of a global community of readers. This shift has had a profound impact on the way in which they understand and communicate their shared humanity.
Glenn Manning, High School English Teacher
Billie Fitzpatrick, Chief Learning Strategist for Write the World describes the many benefits of writing in an online community in Episode Seven of Turnitin’s “The Written Word.”
We realize that young writers write best when they’re connected with a community and feel supported by a smaller, familiar group. At Write the World you can give your students both. An ideal platform for blended learning or a flipped-classroom, Write the World can be integrated into your classroom in many ways:
START YOUR OWN WRITING GROUP
Use the Write the World platform to create a private writing group for your class, school, district, or community. By limiting membership and tailoring curriculum, a private group allows you to connect personally with students as you mentor them through the writing process. As the Group Manager, you can create prompts, rubrics, and resources for all types of writing and subject areas. In addition, you can design assignments and assessments, facilitate peer review, and access your students’ work through individual portfolios.Learn More Request a Group
INTEGRATE OUR GLOBAL PLATFORM INTO YOUR CURRICULUM
Connect your classroom to a global community of young writers. With members representing over 120 countries, Write the World offers your students the excitement and vibrancy of writing for a “real” audience, beyond the walls of a classroom. As Write the World members, your students can enter monthly competitions, exchange peer reviews with writers from all around the world, and respond to our weekly prompts. Access our suite of resources, and utilize the platform’s publishing and portfolio tools—all while incorporating prompts, competitions, and peer review into your curriculum.
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Our writing prompts encourage students to experiment with an array of techniques and styles—from op-eds to poems, flash fiction to memoir, college essays to research papers. We’re always reading work from international, contemporary, and classical authors to bring diverse voices to the ears of your students. By drawing on rich examples from the field, we show young writers that they are entering an exciting (and worthy!) literary tradition, a community that spans time, place, and age.
Each month Write the World holds a new competition, developed around a particular writing genre and with its own set of guidelines and resources. Competitions encourage participants to dig deeper into the writing process, broadening students’ writing horizons and expanding their writing community beyond classroom walls.
When entering competitions, students have the opportunity to receive peer and expert feedback before submitting their final piece. Here's how competitions work:
View our current, past, and upcoming competitions here.
We’re here to help you establish a culture of peer review in the classroom. The best writers draft and redraft their work—often based on the feedback they receive from their writing community—and we believe the exchange of feedback between students can be one of the best tools for developing a vibrant writing culture in the classroom. Whether your past experience with peer review has made you an enthusiast or critic (or somewhere in between), we think you’ll find peer reviewing on the Write the World platform to be a valuable addition to any writing project. Guided by peer review questions tailored to each prompt, students comment on one another’s work, offering encouragement, advice, and questions.
By engaging in peer review, writers:
In this peer review, you can see that a student is giving her peer feedback by:
We encourage students to review How to Write a 5-Star Review (and take feedback in stride).
Expert Review allows you to give comprehensive, rubric-based feedback to your students. Unlike peer reviews, which can be written for any published piece of writing (and can be read by the wider community), expert reviews are privately exchanged on submitted drafts. The reviews are structured according to the rubric, and are designed to enhance the student’s understanding of the writing process through qualitative feedback.
In the example below, the student receives highlighted comments from the expert reviewer (within the text), as well as feedback in the right column for each category of the rubric:
As the manager of your own writing group, you can draw on any of our rubrics or create your own to help guide the writing and reviewing process within your classroom. Write the World rubrics are designed to promote deeper student reflection, and to offer a tool for formative assessment. Created around specific writing assignments, the levels within each rubric are genre specific. All of Write the World’s rubrics are entirely adaptable. Depending on your needs, you can utilize our rubrics in their current form, or change the criteria and/or performance levels.
In the sample rubric below, you can see the performance levels for one of the criteria (“Ideas and Content”):
By starting a private writing group, you can:
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Starting a writing club at your school, library, or organization provides students with a space to explore writing and creativity, free from the pressure of classroom assignments and grades. Sounds great, right? But where to begin? A Write the World Writing Club Starter Pack gives you all the tools and resources you need to develop and lead a writing club for students ages 13–18.
Here's How to Start
Sign up for a Write the World Educator’s account and go to the Groups Page and click "Request a Group" at the top of the page. Please include “Writing Club Request” in the description of how you intend to use the group.
Within three business days, you’ll receive an invite to manage your Writing Club Group. You’ll also receive a separate email with quick instructions to help you set up your group.
Use the Meeting Guide, Genre Guide, and Peer Review Guide found in your group resources to lead meetings and help your club members explore different genres they may be interested in writing.
Recruit your club members, and start writing!
Questions? Need help getting started? Please contact our Community Director, Anna Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WORDS ARE POWERFUL. When joining the Write the World community, students are directed to our Writing Guidelines for details on publishing on the platform.