In Writer’s Workshop, the children are provided with instruction on essential writing techniques designed to explore the craft of creative writing, by modeling materials written by some of the great prolific authors, poets, novelists, reporters, and non-fiction writers of our day. Writer’s Workshop functions as a broad-based introduction to various forms of writing, such as short fiction, poetry, and drama. The children experiment with these writing styles in journals which archive their work. The class incorporates technique and style discussions, which are carried into the writing exercises. The children are introduced to the concept of a true “workshop” wherein they share pieces with their peers in order to give and receive positive and useful feedback which will contribute to the development of these vital skills. Dictation is also taken from smaller children whose writing skills are still developing, in order to allow for the participation of all children at Co-op.