#clmooc Writing is Making

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Did you attend the  Writing as Making / Making as Writing event? 

List of Hangout Participants

See the Google Doc Group Notes for resources, and watch the rerun (!) to understand the issues around writing as making.


On my wall at school is this quote: “Writing is hard fun. ~ Donald Murray” This sets the tone for learning about writing — for the work of pulling out the personal imaginings and transforming them into thoughts on paper, on media, in digital to discover the joy, the fun, of creating something that others also appreciate. Because writing is hard fun.

After the event, I created this hack of @dogtrax thimble: Writing as making: thinking as form.  Go ahead. Just type ‘edit’ after the URL and you can hack this one!

Writing is making; it’s making a tangible form out of the imaginings of our thoughts; it’s communicating to others or ourselves. It is an act of creation.

If you have a hard time grasping this idea, read about my experience with NaNoWriMo here, try NaNoWriMo yourself — try Camp NaNoWriMo now this July (set any word count, and you could choose to use your #clmooc reflections as your writing!)  This post meets my writing goal for today!

Do join #clmooc and have fun “making” along with writing about it.

What do you think? Is writing making? Do writers have something to learn from makers, and do makers have something to learn from writers?

As a writer: Yes.  We’ll find more in common than not. Writing and making are hard.  Writing and making require thoughtful reflection and revision. Writing and making are fun.

What else might you learn from the event?  Check below:


“We need to focus on creating, not just consuming. That cuts across the making community and the writing community.” – Elyse

 “When we write we create something” Elyse

“No one has tell you you’re a writer or bless you as a writer. You can just start writing, you can develop an identity.” – Elyse

“Writing is mostly connected to testing & academic performance…writing should belong to the writer & the reader, which is a different relationship than the teacher & the student.” – Elyse

dogtrax: Art happens naturally …. if the path is there, and love and passion is there, and encouragement is part of the environment.

Bud Hunt: writing is hidden in the process side of making

jackiegerstein: Love the idea of “metacognitivising” the writing process; Scott Bekrun did a How to write 1000 words (time lapsed video)

JonBarilone: That’s a great one-liner from Elyse: “Let’s help youth find an interest and follow it through to a more ambitious outcome.”


These are some of the links from the chat:

Writing as Making/Making as Writing | Connected Learning

I’m Not Waiting | Bud the Teacher

Live version: How to write 1000 words (time lapsed video)

New Design High School

To Be Heard | A Documentary

resistance in the materials « Bethany Nowviskie

discoverychange / Writers’ Workshop

A Librarian’s Guide to Makerspaces: 16 Resources – OEDB.org

It’s Not About the Circuits. It’s About the Making. | Bud the Teacher

Interviews, Writers, Quotes, Fiction, Poetry – Paris Review

Maker and Hacker Activities for Young People

Skills – DIY

Minecraft Controller

The Center for Make/Hack/Play


Home – Mozilla Webmaker

Guest Lesson | Gearing Up for a Summer of Making, Connecting and Learning by Doing – NYTimes.com

Power Poetry | The largest mobile/online teen poetry community

Making Learning Connected — A Massively Open Online Collaboration about Connected Learning

Digital Is | NWP Digital Is

Making Learning Connected (#clmooc) – Google+

Connected Learning – Google+

Connected Learning – Google+

Group Notes – NWP: Making As Writing – 7/2/13 – Google Drive


Get skills. Be awesome. – DIY

Today’s Featured Discussions | Youth Voices




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  1. Great collection/reflection, and I loved that you moved into hack mode. Thanks for sharing and inspiring others.

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