“I won’t won’t be writing”: young authors enact meaningful work

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The article considers the beliefs and practices of elementary-aged children who write for personal fulfillment. Mobilizing Lips-Wiersma’s (Lips-Wiersma & Morris, 2011) notion of meaningful work, I examine the ways in which these children experienced writing and sharing their work in a voluntary after school writing workshop and at home. Data are gathered from observations of the children as they wrote and shared their ideas with peers, from interviews in which they conveyed their beliefs about and experiences with writing, and from the varied texts they composed surfaced the core aspects of meaningful work: self-development, self-expression, and unity with others. The children were aware of their individual needs as writers, they were delighted in the opportunity to control their writing activities, and they interacted with peers and family members as they produced texts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)123-139
Number of pages17
JournalAustralian Journal of Language and Literacy
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 2022


  • Autonomy
  • Collaboration
  • Creativity
  • Elementary school
  • Meaningful work
  • Writing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Education
  • Linguistics and Language


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