Writer’s Stylus Materials


Without exception, teachers leave the three and one-half day Writer’s Stylus Basic Course energized to write, to read more critically, and to offer students what they just experienced.

To sustain this momentum, teachers have access to tools: A K-12 Scope and Sequence, a Teacher Tablet that includes unit objectives, pattern statements, skill/genre lists, and rubric suggestions for each unit, a Student Portfolio where students use defined spaces for tasks identified during each unit, and, the online Unit Design Tool that enables every teacher to customize, print, email, share, and save customizable Writer’s Stylus Blueprints (instructional design grids) and Rubrics.

Download these Teacher Tablet and Student Portfolio samples of one full grammar and writing unit for grades 1-6. Have questions? Contact us.

The Writer’s Stylus Story

Kevin D. Washburn, Ed.D.,
Writer’s Stylus Author & Instructor

After working with an editor on my first book, I realized that many of our teaching practices were ineffective for equipping young writers. In fact, some were actually detrimental — pieces were missing between grammar basics and well-crafted communication. This launched our research and development of the Writer’s Stylus program.

Writer’s Stylus instruction strategically includes all the necessary pieces

  • Mechanics, revision, and genre are interconnected within every unit so students understand grammar in context.
  • Checklists and rubrics focus teachers, make learning transparent, and hold students accountable.
  • Writing exemplars show students what well-crafted writing accomplishes and how.
  • A prewriting process is directed by idea organizers.
  • And finally, developing writers are coached by teachers who understand their role as editors. 

The Writer’s Stylus process restores the joy of writing because it unfolds naturally with powerful results.