The Benefits of Write The World to My Writers
Writers' Club and Write The World has afforded my writers opportunities to build social-capital, self-efficacy, self-esteem and an authorial voice. The platform is easy to use and allows the teacher or mentor to communicate directly with members. You are able to manage the students and can give them permissions to review other people's work. This means that if anyone chooses to misuse the platform, not only can you revoke their right to review, you can also remove them from the group. Having said that, I haven't needed to use this measure. Students respect the space and value its richness. However, while teachers can set their group to private and have control over the members in this forum, the students can also publish on the public site freely and it is this global group which has been most beneficial to my writers at Mt St Michael's College.
As the group manager, you can make announcements, add writing prompts and access the work of each of your members easily. The students love the reward badges which acknowledge their involvement in submitting work and reviewing. Grace Cassidy has been profiled on the site and is a Peer Review Ambassador.
An example of one of Grace's reviews can be seen below. Reviewers can highlight and embed comments that may help with the editing process and then complete a review of the entire piece.
The intrinsic value contained in the recognition and appreciation of the contributions the writers make is immeasurable. The access to authors, playwrights, educators and editors who lend authority to the reviewing process makes the authenticity of the exchange even more rich. Writers build networks of invested peers and professional contacts and learn to stand behind their words. The profiles of guest editors and writers are available on the website but there is an example below to give you an indication.
Grace was thrilled to be featured. You can see the profile by clicking the button below.
Genevieve Ryan, Grade 9 had this to say about MSM Writers and Write The World.
The Write The World blog allows writers from different parts of the world to explore what writing means to them It allows students to think critically about their work and reflect on not only the words they produce but the writing process they engage with. Click on the button below to read an interview of one of my writers conducted by Logan Warsaw of Boston, USA.
The site is very student facing (as is immediately seen in the design— which was developed in consultation with high school students) yet there is an embedded/'hidden' pedagogy to every element of the site. Students are guided through the competition by the various elements/resources supplied that support them in their learning and writing. For instance, in every competition, young writers have the opportunity to:
1. Submit a draft a week early (before the due date) to get that draft reviewed (at no charge) by an Expert Reviewer (a teacher or writer)
2. Publish their draft on the site to get feedback from their peers all over the world.
3. Receive support and resources to assist them in their writing through the curriculum provided on the site.. for instance here is the supporting material for the recent 'historical fiction' competition.
Guidelines are provided and quite specific.
4. Writers have their work read by a published author/expert relevant to that genre. (For Historical Fiction, the judge was Australian YA historical fiction author, Gabrielle Wang)
5. The winners and runners up, in addition to prize money, also receive commentary on their work from the guest judge.
ADDING AUDIBLE LINKS TO WORK IN WRITE THE WORLD USING ADOBE SPARK VIDEO
One of the most exciting things about being part of this online community for me, is the organisation's willingness to consider new ways of using the site. I recently tried adding a voice recording to my published work on Write The World to see how that might enhance the experience for writers. The Adobe Spark Video application which is free for both Windows and iPad from their respective App Stores, is incredibly easy to use. One of the most astounding outcomes of the MSM Writers' Club is the way that the writers find their own voices in delivery. They learn to not only appreciate the way the words come alive in delivery but they incidentally develop confidence and skill in performance, capturing the cadences they intended in their work. Write The World could see the value in adding this dimension to their members experience and we should see more voice files uploaded in the future.
The Inaugural Write The World Annual has gone to print and will be Launched in Australia in Brisbane at Avid Reader West End.
Enjoy this brief preview featuring the work of my writers as well as international writers.