This article presents an argument on behalf of writing conferences to provide individualized and personal instruction to foster the growth of students as writers. Writing conferences are an approach that centers around the students’ thoughts and goals for their written pieces and allows the teacher to more deeply understand and assist each writer. To host writing conferences in the most effective way possible, it is recommended that teachers make feedback to each student personal and specific to the piece, that they ask questions to guide conversation, but also that they allow the conference to be structured around and driven by the student. These three recommendations will be discussed in greater depth as the article progresses.

Author Biography

Sarah Myroup will be entering into her final undergraduate year at Longwood University this fall. She is a Liberal Studies major with a concentration in Elementary Education and a minor in Communication Studies. After receiving her undergraduate degree, she hopes to pursue a masters in Reading, Literacy, and Learning at the same university. Myroup’s recent credits include presenting at the 2019 conference hosted by the Assembly for the Teaching of English Grammar.