Allen Koshewa and Elly Tobin have collaboratively taught Writers’ Workshop courses since 1992, and have implemented Writers' Workshops at various grade levels since the 1980s.


Allen Koshewa currently teaches at Shanghai American School in China. Allen has extensive K-12 experience in Title I public schools in the U.S. as well as in international schools in Japan, Panamá, and the UK.  He has an M.A. in Applied Linguistics and a PhD in Language Education and Anthropology, and has co-directed a master’s program in Elementary Education. He is the author of Discipline and Democracy. One of his recent publications is a chapter in Reclaiming Writing (Routledge, 2014).


Elly Tobin is the Principal of Joseph Chamberlain College in Birmingham, England, and the Director of the College for International Citizenship. Elly has served as an international consultant in the areas of leadership, global studies, and teaching methodology for over 25 years. She has worked in Germany, Malaysia, and Japan in various capacities as a teacher, director and administrator. Her specialist fields include English as an Additional Language, Peace Studies and Curriculum Development.  She has an M.A. in International Education from the University of Bath, UK.


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Your facilitators Allen Koshewa and Elly Tobin.

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“I have to say that before this course I hated writing; now I love it. I want my students to achieve the same.”  – Nohelia Mariche