QuickWrites: What they are and how to use them

“Quick writes” are short, timed writing activities. They can be used with elementary, junior high, senior high or adult learners. They can be used to teach native and non-native speakers alike. They’re designed to encourage spontaneous, impromptu writing and help learners build a practice of writing more.

Here are some resources to get you started:

Creative QuickWrite ideas from the University of Alberta

QuickWrite ideas from the University of Prince Edward Island

6 Ways to Use Quick Writes

100 Quickwrites by Linda Rief (book excerpt)

1000 Ideas for writing (expert of 100 of those ideas)


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Sarah Elaine Eaton is a faculty member in the Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary, Canada.


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