Welcome to Read – Write – Connect, Inc.

the Internet home of Leah Mermelstein.

Best Writing consultant 002 copyLeah is an internationally recognized literacy consultant who specializes in K-5 Reading and Writing Workshop. She is the President and CEO of Read-Write-Connect, INC. She is also the author of Reading/​​Writing Connections in the K-2 Classroom, (Allyn & Bacon), Don’t Forget to Share (Heinemann) and the co-author of Launching the Writing Workshop (with Lucy Calkins) (Heinemann).

Selected Works


Quality Writing Instruction
This brand new DVD will assist teachers with high quality writing instruction.


Don’t Forget to Share: The Crucial Last Step in the Writing Workshop
This brand new book will show you how to make your share sessions more instructional.


Reading/Writing Connections in the K-2 Classroom: Find the Clarity and Then Blur the Lines
This book demonstrates how through careful, explicit assessing, planning, and teaching every student can understand and use the reading/writing connection to become stronger readers and writers at the same time.

Units of Study for Primary Writing: A Yearlong Curriculum: Launching the Writing Workshop
This book shows teachers how to launch a joyful and rigorous Writing Workshop in their classrooms.


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Leah Mermelstein
536 Grand Street, Ste. 501,
Hoboken, NJ 07030
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Blog Posts are Below:


Self-Directed Writers: The Third Essential Element in The Writing Workshop


Happy New Year!В  I’m excited to announce that my new book is out!В  This book will help you create self-directed writers while still upholding a standards based classroom.

I sincerely hope that my book can help you create writers who are excited, persistent, engaged and many other great words.

For more information on my book and to see a sample chapter you can go to:В  https://www.heinemann.com/products/E04800.aspx.В  You can also order it at Amazon:В  https://www.amazon.com/Self-Directed-Writers-Essential-Element-Workshop/dp/0325048002 or at Barnes and Nobles atВ  https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/self-directed-writers-leah-mermelstein/1116075331?ean=9780325048000

I’m hoping to use my blog this year as a place for people to share what discover while trying to get their students to become more self-directed. In the next few weeks, I will share some ideas and I hope to hear some of yours. Until then have a great start to the year and I hope that my book helps you do that.



Copyright, 2013

6 Responses to Self-Directed Writers: The Third Essential Element in The Writing Workshop
  1. Joanna Palumbo
    August 28, 2013 | 1:54 am

    Congratulations Leah! So proud and happy for you.

  2. Deborah Hocking
    August 28, 2013 | 2:25 am

    How great it that! A new book, a beautiful baby girl and she’s interested in writers too! Summer must have been fun to see Ariana growing up. Hang on, babyhood goes quick!
    I’m anxious to get a copy of the new book, congrats!!

    Happy New Year,
    Deborah from KSP

    • Leah Mermelstein
      August 29, 2013 | 10:35 am

      Thanks, Deborah…all the best to you in this new year as well! I hope our paths cross again.

  3. Leah Mermelstein
    August 29, 2013 | 10:14 am

    Thanks, Joanna! I hope all is well with you and hope to see you one of these days.

  4. Billie Tisherman
    August 29, 2013 | 6:07 pm

    Congratulations Leah
    I’ve been reading your Don’t forget to Share book a lot this summer.
    Looking forward to a great year. Wish the same for you professionally and with that beautiful tiny girl of yours.

    • Leah Mermelstein
      August 31, 2013 | 10:29 am

      Thanks, Billie and keep in touch! I hope that your year is spectacular!

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