Lorrie Tom
Lorrie Tom
Writing Recipes - Whipping up writing love one teacher at a time.

Family of Writers

Gather your family round the table for more than food.
— Family of Writers Motto

Since 1989, I've been teaching evening writing classes in school cafeterias for students and their parents.  Overwhelmingly, I hear:

This is the best writing class I've ever taken.

Can I let you in on a little secret?  Family of Writers is also the easiest thing I've ever done as a teacher.  Not kidding.  I don't grade a thing. It's all around writing joy, culminating in an anthology publication party complete with tasty treats. Mary Poppins was right.  Sugar helps. 

If you dream of confident students who love writing, there is nothing more powerful than families huddled close, putting pen to paper, and sharing stories. Sharing stories connects your learning community so your job is easier.  Increased support and better writing? That's a win-win!

If you'd like to invite me to teach Family of Writers at your school, here's what I teach during four 90-minute classes:

  • Writing recipes that help students and parents (and teachers if they dare to come!) experience writing as a creative, joyous, and insightful journey. 
  • The elements of writing well.
  • How to recognize what writers already do well.
  • How to share writing aloud, and why it's important.
  • How to learn from every writer in the room.
  • How to read like a writer.
  • How parents can give writing response without creating power struggles and emotional meltdowns.
  • How to begin a process of effective revision and editing.

Who? When? where?

Currently, LIVE Family of Writers classes are offered to students attending schools in and around Los Angeles County, but my dream is to bring Family of Writers to every state in the U.S. 

Registration is closed for the 2017-2018 academic year.  However, it's not too early to begin planning for 2018-2019.

Contact me to learn more about Family of Writers


If YOU would like to  teach Family of Writers at your school, I'm working on materials to make that possible.  SUBSCRIBE to my monthly newsletter to keep up to date on launch dates and details.



Testimonials for Family of Writers

(written in just six words) 

Writing can be fun? Who knew?
— The Rapaport Family
What school did not teach me.
— The Celly Family
Sharing inspiration, creative spirit reborn. Together.
— The Oda Family
Writing opened our minds and souls.
— The Gagnon Family
Tip of iceberg. Must keep writing.
— The Cimarusti Family
We came, we wrote, we snacked.
— The Berry Family
You’d never guess who can write.
— The Shen Family
Dragged back to school...
loved it!
— The Mendu Family
Spoonfuls of sugar, writing went down.
— The MacDougall Family

Contact me to learn more about bringing Family of Writers to your Community.



5 Things I've Learned from F.O.W.

Arrive tired. Leave inspired.
— Lorrie Tom

1. Lots of parents hate writing, but they will do anything to help their kids love writing.

2. I offer an approach that helps kids become confident writers.

3. The process rubs off on parents, and they rediscover the joy of writing, too.

4. Supplementing classroom writing with evening Family of Writers classes, makes teacher's jobs easier.  Why? Teachers make it crystal clear that their students’ ideas and stories matter. And that begets big community. And big community begets parents who support teachers. And when teachers walk into a classroom feeling supported, the stage is set for fabulous instruction in all the other subjects they actually like teaching.    

5.  I used to think it was all about helping kids become better writers, but, really, it's about sharing the legacy of family stories.  Stories are the humanity-driven, sustaining energy that keeps me inspired year after year.

Contact me to learn more about bringing Family of Writers to your community.