The Writing Workshop slide shows provide an overview of basic writing concepts and story elements. They are works-in-progress, but we trust they are developed enough to give a good idea of their intent and direction.

The Writing Workshop: Focus on Dialogue slide show was created as a prototype, complete with a companion educator guide and supporting materials, to demonstrate the quality of the finished supporting materials that will be created for each slide show. The Writing Workshop Focus slide shows will eventually include shows offering in-depth discussions of characterization; plot; setting, time, and place; descriptive writing, etc. Additional slide shows will demonstrate how these storytelling elements are equally important in fiction and nonfiction writing.

This section currently includes the following slide shows. Click on a slide show title or scroll down to see all the Writing Workshop resources.

Each slide show will be accompanied by an educator guide to ensure teachers are able to maximize the content with their students. You can check out these draft versions of each slide show by clicking the right arrow.

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Story Basics: What Is a Story?

Getting Started: Power Words

Getting Started: Show Don’t Tell

Story Elements: Structure
(Beginnings, Middles, Endings)

Story Elements: Characters I
(Major and Minor Characters)

Story Elements: Characters II
(How Characters Determine Story)

Story Elements: Plot I
(Plot Definition and Types of Conflict)

Story Elements: Plot II
(“The Note” Interactive Story)

Story Elements: Plot III
(Plotting Hint: Start on the Day That’s Different)

Story Elements: Plot IV
(Plotting Hint: Withhold Information)

Story Elements: Plot V
(Plotting in Nonfiction)


Story Elements: Setting
(Time and Place)


Writing Workshop Focus: Dialogue

Following are links to the resources supporting the Dialogue slide show. Similar resources are planned for all slide shows.