This is the cover of my September writing workshop book. The cover is photocopied on purple paper. I like to have the covers of stories different colors each month to help me with the organization. The circle is for the students to number their stories(I got this idea from Mary Ellen Giacobbe). I love the suggestions Mary Ellen writes about for managing student folders too.
I do have my books stapled together. I put four or five lined pieces in a book. I like to start the year off with writing books. I know many teachers use journals. I don't use journals for writing workshop because I want my students always to be thinking about creating stories.