Writer Identity and Writing Workshop

A Future Teacher and Teacher Educator Critically Reflect


  • Cynthia B. Leung University of South Florida St. Petersburg
  • Jacky Hicks Paideia School of Tampa Bay




primary/elementary schools, teacher education internationally


Students currently attending colleges and universities in the United States were in elementary school when writing workshop was first introduced as a teaching method. In this article an undergraduate honors student and a literacy teacher educator critically reflect on the student’s 2nd grade experiences with writing workshop and identify the features of this teaching method that led to her development of a writer’s identity. Through autobiography and retrospective analysis of primary data, they argue that tone, the basic elements of writing workshop of time, choice, and process; a literature-rich environment; and a community focus contributed to the development of a writerly identity.

Author Biographies

Cynthia B. Leung, University of South Florida St. Petersburg

Cynthia B. Leung is Professor of Literacy Education at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, where she teaches graduate reading and writing pedagogy courses and coordinates the English Education and Reading Education masters programs. She received her M.A. in English and her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction/Language and Literacy in Schooling from the University of Delaware. She publishes research on English literacy development of monolingual English speakers and dual language learners and on pedagogy for culturally and linguistically diverse populations. Recently, she co-edited several books on English and Chinese literacy in China and international literacy initiatives.

Jacky Hicks, Paideia School of Tampa Bay

Jacky Hicks teaches literature and logic at the Paideia School of Tampa Bay, Florida. She received her B.A. in political science with minors in English and journalism from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg and recently completed a graduate certificate in Creative Writing and Literature from the University of South Florida Tampa.


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How to Cite

Leung, C. B., & Hicks, J. (2014). Writer Identity and Writing Workshop: A Future Teacher and Teacher Educator Critically Reflect. Writing and Pedagogy, 6(3), 583–605. https://doi.org/10.1558/wap.v6i3.583



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