Jane Schaffer Writing ProgramFor many decades in English classrooms, writing instruction tended to follow a common pattern: teachers assigned essays each Monday, collected them the following Friday, and in the meantime devoted class time to other activities–which most often meant reading and discussing literature in anthologies. Students turned in their essays at the end of the week; teachers graded them over the weekend and returned them the following Monday. Most of the students would glance at the grade, ignore the carefully written comments, and file their work in their notebooks (at best) or the trashcan (at worst.) Then the cycle would repeat: topic assigned, due date given, and on to other topics.

What is missing from this description is the knowledge we have from more than three decades of research on composition: that writing is an act of discovery, a way of clarifying ideas, a social activity that often thrives upon contact with others, and a recursive process requiring time, reflection, feedback, and revision.

Professional Learning opportunities abound with Jane Schaffer Writing Program® workshops and webinars. These trainings provide teachers with an understanding that writing is about thinking. And the instruction and graphic organizers are designed to teach the “thinking process” that accompanies the “writing process” in English language arts (ELA) classrooms and non-ELA classrooms!

You may select from Jane’s successful and updated modules or work with our staff to customize a workshop for your specific needs.

Click for more informationOur workshops and in-services are interactive, focusing on and differentiating for pragmatic teaching environments and productive coaching techniques. We model the Jane Schaffer technique and then guide teachers to write and practice the skills they have just learned while we circulate around the room, just as we do in the classroom with our own students. Teachers apply their understanding of combining details and analysis in order to produce effective paragraphs and essays. We believe in the teaching/coaching model as the best way for teachers to master the concepts in the Jane Schaffer Writing Program®.

The typical workshop day includes six (6) to eight (8) hours of meeting time (not including lunch) unless otherwise noted. For schools scheduling two or more days of in-services, those days may be scheduled on consecutive days or not.


If you are interested in hosting a private workshop or inquiring about participating or forming an open workshop in your area, select “Request a Training” and complete the inquiry form.

Public Workshops: A Jane Schaffer Writing Program® Workshop open to the public. Sessions may vary from 1 to 4 days in length as detailed in the description. Individuals and entities may pay with credit cards or purchase orders.

Private Workshops: Districts, schools, and communities are able to host a specific Jane Schaffer workshop as part of their professional learning offerings. Entities may pay with credit cards or purchase orders.

Webinars: Because of ever-changing district policies and teacher schedules, Jane Schaffer Writing Program® (JSWP) webinars are becoming more and more popular among school districts and teachers. Online professional learning allows participants to attend live webinars with Dr. Louis and her team of experts in the training of the beginning writer to the advanced writer in the modes of academic writing: argumentation, expository/informational, response to literature, narrative, and style analysis.

Because JSWP tapes each 90-minute segment in a four- or five-part series, participants may view segments during the series for review or reinforcement. The ability to have on-the-go access in a self-paced setting ensures understanding and precipitates pragmatic and insightful questions as the series continues. Content, downloadable tools, and a presenter video all exist in a dynamic interface that allows the participants to focus on the elements that are most useful for them. Comments and question-and-answer sessions encourage interaction between participant and presenter. Online sessions are available by topic and selected dates. Fees are collected at the time of registration.


The average cost for a JSWP workshop, including the one-time campus/district license and the presenter’s fees and expenses, depends on the type of workshop, the number of workshop days, and the number of participants. Most of the workshops are 1-day, 2-day, or 3-day offerings. See a sample workshop schedule HERE.


JSWP and all materials and teaching strategies published by the company are copyrighted and trademarked by the United States Government. They may be presented at school and district meetings and in-services only by JSWP national or OnSite trainers who are licensed and authorized by Louis Educational Concepts, LLC.

Click the links below to download a PDF about each workshop.

  • JSWPTM Color-coding and the Personal Narrative (ELA)
  • JSWPTM Color-coding and Expository Writing (ELA)
  • JET: Job-embedded Training (AS)


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Analytical Response to Literature (6-12)Analytical Response to Literature and Close Reading (6-12)ArgumentationNarrative (K-12)STAAR® High SchoolSTAAR® Middle SchoolStyle Analysis for Pre-AP®/AP® (7-12)Train-the-Trainer Institute

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