Iteration in Makerspaces and Writing Workshops

The more time I spend investigating making and makerspaces, the more I wonder: do we make enough time for iteration in writing workshop? Do we even talk about what this means and how we might distinguish it from revision?

When we iterate at the WNY Young Writers’ Studio, we use diverse approaches to generate abundant ideas, solutions we hadn’t even considered before, and entirely new forms. Writers might brainstorm a handful of potential plot lines. Then, they might weave specific elements of each of them together to form something entirely unexpected. Makers might begin building one thing only to produce something totally different.

Revision often feels like an effort to improve ideas and products that we’ve already committed to.

Iteration is about uncertainty, discovery, invention and transformation.

It seems a little different than revision, in my opinion.

What do you think?

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About Angela

Founder of the WNY Young Writer's Studio, I'm a writer, a teacher, and a professional development service provider specializing in literacy.

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