This workshop is designed for participants to more deeply understand the role of writing —as both communicative "skill" and vehicle for problem-solving and expression—in a second language context. Participants will learn about basic discourse analytic techniques to identify genres of writing, audience design, and authorial voice and stance. Participants will use these concepts as mediating tools through which teachers and student writers engage with texts (as readers and writers). The workshop will also focus on: selecting level-appropriate readings and other materials, designing L2 writing tasks, responding to writing, and assessing writing. The workshop is for teachers of all L2s, but specific examples will be provided for ESL, Spanish, French, Japanese, and Korean. The workshop takes a dialogic, literacy-centered approach to reading, writing, and critical thinking.