So You Want to Write a CI Book by Robert Harrell

This one-hour session will lay the groundwork for writing a CI novel. Research shows that reading is one of the largest contributors to gains in language. Students find reading both enjoyable and beneficial in language acquisition. Teachers constantly seek new books for classroom libraries.

The major hindrance is the lack of books, particularly for languages other than Spanish and for intermediate readers who wish to continue with the language outside the classroom. The jump from scaffolded reading with a teacher’s assistance to independent reading can be daunting. Authentic resources often assume cultural knowledge and language proficiency intermediate learners may not possess, and most CI books are intended for use by teachers in the classroom and aimed at novice learners. While applicable to all levels, the focus of the session is on genre writing for independent reading by intermediate language learners.  

This session will introduce participants to the principles of storytelling, what makes a good story, genres, and strategic preparation prior to sitting down to write. Having these elements in order will enable the writer to be more productive and make more efficient use of writing time.

At the end of the session, participants potentially will have written a beginning proposal for their book with the following elements: Genre, Premise or Logline, Synopsis, Onliness Statement, Reader Avatar, and Inspiration — or at least have a start and know how to continue.

Bring a computer or paper and pen.