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Lincoln veterans use writing workshop as a medium for expression, therapy (September 14, 2019)

Lincoln Journal Star
A group of veterans is cloistered in a small meeting room in the VA clinic just off 70th Street early Saturday morning to write. One writes poems about the life of a marine. One writes about his spiritual journey in Vietnam. One writes about a monster that dissolves into a pile of purple goo. That's just a sample of the work that comes from those who attended Nebraska Warrior Writers, a writing workshop for veterans and active-duty personnel. The workshop, hosted by Humanities Nebraska, the Nebraska Writing Project and the Veterans Administration, allows participants to write in whatever genre they choose, whether it be related to their military experience or not. The program has grown each year since its launch in 2014 — it began with only six members, but now also includes sessions in Grand Island and Omaha. More ›

WMWP Wins Library of Congress Literacy Award (August 29, 2019)

University of Massachusetts Amherst
"The Western Massachusetts Writing Project is one of 15 organizations being honored by the Library of Congress for their implementation of best practices in literacy promotion. WMWP is among the organizations working to expand literacy and promote reading in the United States and worldwide that will be awarded the 2019 Library of Congress Literacy Awards at the National Book Festival gala, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced today." More ›

Students share opinions on civic issues (August 5, 2019)

Taft Midway Driller
"Adults often dismiss teenagers as shallow, disengaged or uninterested in civic issues that affect their communities. This perception couldn't be more untrue, especially when it comes to the nine high school students who participated in a two week long, intensive Siskiyou Students Write! camp earlier this month..." More ›

Little Shakespeares: NDSU camp helps create tomorrow's authors (July 11, 2019)

West Fargo Pioneer
"Classroom 109 inside Morrill Hall looks like a normal college classroom; a slew of Starbucks cups, water bottles and cellphones lay strewn around a square formation of desks. Students open notebooks in anticipation of the morning lecture, but these North Dakota State University students are a little different than your average college students — these learners are a little younger..." More ›

Is teaching writing as important as teaching reading? (July 9, 2019)

The Washington Post
"When we think of literacy, we tend to think of reading. Schools, literary nonprofits and philanthropists often focus on encouraging students to be strong readers with solid comprehension skills. While those skills are crucial, many experts say critical and creative writing skills are equally important, and are too often overlooked..." More ›

Why a Makerspace Popped Up In a Museum (July 9, 2019)

Next City
"Most people wouldn't think of science as quirky, but if they'd witnessed a posse of orange, papier-maché robotic pumpkins racing down the hall at the Science Museum of Virginia (SMV), in Richmond, Virginia, they might re-think that image. Over the past several years, libraries, museums and community centers around the country have opened "makerspaces" where young people can come and play with equipment they may not have at home — like 3D printers or circuitry boards..." More ›

Ohio Writing Project Celebrates 40 Years (July 5, 2019)

"One of the oldest chapters of the National Writing Project turns 40 this year. The Ohio Writing Project housed at Miami University is devoted to improving the teaching of writing and learning..." More ›

Doing It The 'Write" Way (June 19, 2019)

High Plains Reader
"Next month, aspiring writers in grades 7 to 12, regardless of skill level, will get to take part in the 1st Annual Teens Creative Writing Summer Camp, courtesy of North Dakota State University (NDSU) and the Red River Valley Writing Project (RRVWP)..." More ›

Bozeman fifth-grade filmmakers heading to Hollywood (May 18, 2019)

Bozeman Daily Chronicle
"They may be only 11 years old, but three young filmmakers from Bozeman are going to Hollywood. That's the Hollywood Theatre in Portland, Oregon, home of the International Youth Silent Film Festival..." More ›

Project helps SWVA school districts boost students' writing prowess (April 24, 2019)

Kingsport Times-News
"Whether it's Shakespeare, a sitcom, Post-it notes or a tweet, much of communication through the centuries has depended on writing. For UVa-Wise communications professor Amy Clark and teachers across far Southwest Virginia participating in the college's Appalachian Writing Project over the past two decades, their challenge has been finding ways to encourage elementary through high school students to embrace writing..." More ›

Waunakee educator receives Kohl Foundation honor (March 22, 2019)

Waunakee Tribune
"Waunakee High School students in Jennifer "Jen" Doucette's writing classes may a different experience than in other classes. Unlike other teachers, Doucette focuses her instruction more on the students' ability to meet each writing assignment's expectations than a grade..." More ›

Lafayette Parish students tackle blank pages, find their voice through poetry (March 20, 2019)

Lafayette Daily Advertiser
"Jack Bedell stands before about 100 high school sophomores and juniors Tuesday at the Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum. He tells them to write a list of three things they know they have but don't know where they are..." More ›

Minot-Sleeper Library gets grant for American Creed (January 30, 2019)

The Laconia Daily Sun
"The Minot-Sleeper Library has been selected by the American Library Association to participate in this year's nationwide American Creed: Community Conversations project. The Minot-Sleeper Library was one of 50 libraries in the country, and the sole library in New Hampshire, to be awarded this grant..." More ›

Nebraska Writing Project connects writing teachers to strengthen skills (January 11, 2019)

The Daily Nebraskan
"For decades, the Nebraska Writing Project has served the state by offering writing teachers the opportunity to change the face of teaching through collaborations with other educators with one goal in mind: serving the community..." More ›

Board of education recognizes 2018 Middle School English Teacher of the Year Jane Garver (November 20, 2018)

Petoskey News-Review
"The Charlevoix Public Schools Board of Education honored Charlevoix Elementary School sixth grade teacher Jane Garver during Monday's board meeting at the Charlevoix Middle High School library. Last month, the Michigan Council of Teachers of English named Garver as the 2018 Middle School English Teacher of the Year..." More ›

Northwest Arkansas Writing Project Takes Young Writers Camp to China (August 7, 2018)

University of Arkansas: News
This July, teacher-consultants from the Northwest Arkansas Writing Project facilitated two Young Writers Camps for Chinese students, one in Nanjing and one in Shanghai. More ›

Students Build Stories with Blocks and Words in LEGO Writers Camp (June 21, 2018)

The Coalfield Progress
An Appalachian Writing Project summer writing camp helps young students learn to craft written stories based on their own Lego-constructed scenes. More ›

Students Connect With Nature and Curiosity in Central Arizona Writing Project Young Adult Writing Program (June 8, 2018)

Writing and science intersect as students connect through writing to sustainability, conservation, and their local environment. More ›

Students Select Artists for Community Mural In Extension of LRNG Innovators Challenge Project (June 5, 2018)

NBC 29
A group of Albemarle High School students, in collaboration with The Charlottesville Mural Project, have selected a pair of artists to complete a mural conceived as part of Let `Em Shine, a 2017 LRNG Innovators Challenge project that invited students to help unite the community by creating a symbolic "monument" that tells a broader story and honors the rich cultural history of Charlottesville, Virginia. More ›

#StayinTeaching Team Presents at NWP Spring Meeting (May 23, 2018)

University of Arkansas: News
A group of teachers from the Northwest Arkansas Writing Project presented on #StayinTeaching, an initiative which aims to keep early-career teachers in the profession with mentoring and support. The initiative is part of the Building New Pathways to Leadership project. More ›

Teens Write For Change at Hudson Valley Writing Project Summer Workshop (May 11, 2018)

WAMC Public Radio
At "Rise Up and Write," students learn to speak against the injustices they see in their lives across a variety of genres. More ›

Greater New Orleans Writing Project Receives Support for Summer Professional Development (May 9, 2018)

The University of New Orleans
The Greater New Orleans Writing Project recieved a $15,000 grant from the National Writing Project to subsidize its 2017 Summer Institute. More ›

Teachers Invigorated by Southeastern Louisiana Writing Project Experience (May 8, 2018)

The Lion's Roar
Teachers return to their classrooms with new energy and a new conception of themselves as writers after the SLWP Summer Institute and New Orleans Writing Marathon. More ›

Variety of Writing Experiences Help Students See Themselves as Writers (May 1, 2018)

Students explore local nature, museums, and sites, and visit with local writers and artists to spur a wide variety of writing with the South Coast Writing Project's Young Writers Camp. More ›

C3WP Grant Powers Argument Writing PD at Northwest Indiana Writing Project (March 29, 2018)

Chicago Post-Tribune
Teacher-consultants at the Northwest Indiana Writing Project, as well as teachers at Clark Middle/High School in Hammond, IN, get an introduction to the argument writing and assessment methods of the College, Career, and Community Writers Program (C3WP). More ›

Young Writers Honored by Scholastic Art and Writing Awards and the National Writing Project in New Hampshire (March 27, 2018)

8th-grader Megan Deane won a Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Gold Medal for her personal essay, "Mirror Meaning". The award was sponsored regionally in part by the National Writing Project in New Hampshire. More ›

Northern California Writing Project Teacher-Consultant Connects Math and Literacy (March 14, 2018)

The Siskiyou Daily News
Junior high math teacher Susan Rickey helps her students connect math and argument writing, and will soon begin helping other teachers do the same as an NCWP facilitator. More ›

Student LGBTQ+ Advocacy Campaign Inspired by Greater Madison Writing Project Summer Writing Camp (March 1, 2018)

Our Lives Madison
High school student Zoe Wyse's #IFeelSaferWhen campaign, conceived and started at the Greater Madison Writing Project's "Rise Up and Write" youth summer writing camp, sparks conversations about the little things that make people feel safer. More ›

Red Cedar Writing Project Teacher-Consultant Named MCTE Teacher of the Year (November 4, 2017)

Grand Haven Tribune
Literacy coach and Red Cedar Writing Project teacher-consultant Chris Working was named Teacher of the Year by the Michigan Council of Teachers of English, in recognition of his work with elementary students and providing professional learning for teachers statewide. More ›

Meadow Brook Writing Project Hosts Tenth Annual Youth Summer Writing Camp (August 1, 2017)

The Oakland Post
The Meadow Brook Writing Project (MBWP) hosted its 10th annual Youth Summer Writing Camp for K-12 students to encourage students to explore different genres of creative writing. More ›

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