Professional Development opportunities abound with Jane Schaffer Writing Program® workshops.  You may select from Jane’s successful and updated modules or work with our staff to customize a workshop for your specific needs.

Our workshops and in-services are interactive, focusing on 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®.

Accompanying the workshops are Jane Schaffer® Curriculum Guides. Teachers will find that beginning, struggling, developing, and advanced writers will learn techniques designed to advance their academic, college, and career writing skills. Guides include the four major modes of discourse, arranged to fit the needs of a variety of learning levels, styles, and testing requirements: Analytical Response to Literature, Argumentation, Elementary Response to Literature, Expository/Informational Writing Across-the-Curriculum, Narrative, and Style Analysis for Pre-AP and AP courses. Literary guides that provide teaching strategies, quizzes, tests, and essay topics for popular novel and drama selections are also available for purchase. .

The typical workshop day includes six (6) 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.

Cost Structure

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.

Writing Workshops

Middle School and High School

  • Teaching Argumentation
  • Teaching Expository/Informational Writing, including Expository, Summary, Research
  • Teaching the Analytical Response to Literature Paragraph and Essay (Download as a PDF.)
  • Teaching the Narrative Essay, Personal and Fictional
  • Teaching the Expository Paragraph in an All-Staff Workshop Focused on Writing Across the Curriculum (Download as a PDF.)
  • Teaching Expository/Informational Writing for Social Studies and Science (Download as a PDF.)
  • Teaching the Short Answer Response and the 26-line Narrative, Expository, Persuasive, and Analytical Essays for Texas EOC exams
  • Teaching Pre-AP® and Advanced Placement® (AP®) English Writing
    • Style Analysis
    • Argumentation
    • Synthesis
    • Rhetorical Analysis
  • Demonstration and Coaching Days

Upper Elementary

  • Teaching the Narrative Essay, Personal and Fictional
  • Teaching Expository/Informational/Summary Writing (Download as a PDF.)
  • Teaching the 26-line Narrative and Expository Compositions for Texas STAAR® (Download as a PDF.)
  • Teaching the Response to Literature Paragraph and Essay (Download as a PDF.)
  • Teaching the Persuasive Essay
  • Demonstration and Coaching Days

Lower Elementary

  • Teaching Personal Narrative
  • Teaching Expository/Informational/Summary (Download as a PDF.)
  • Demonstration and Coaching Days

Type of Workshops

If you are interested in hosting a private workshop or inquiring about participating or forming an open workshop in your area, select “Request a Workshop” and complete the inquiry form.REQUEST A WORKSHOP >
A Jane Schaffer Writing Program® Workshop open to the public.  Sessions may vary from 1-3 days in length as detailed in the description.  Fees are collected at the time of registration.REGISTER FOR A
Districts, schools, and communities are able to host a specific Jane Schaffer workshop as part of their professional development offerings.  To register, private workshops require a “Conference ID” provided by the host.  Fees are not required from individual participants.REGISTER FOR A
Online sessions are available by topic and selected dates.  Fees are collected at the time of registration.REGISTER FOR A

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 Trainers who are licensed and authorized by Louis Educational Concepts, LLC.