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Western Massachusetts WP Finds 'Real' Audiences for Student Writing

By: Diana Callahan, Pat Hunter, Charles Moran, Bruce Penniman
Publication: The Voice, Vol. 3, No. 1
Date: Winter/Spring 1998

Summary: Several publication projects sponsored by WMWP involve students and teachers in creating writing for real audiences.



Over the past four years, the Western Massachusetts Writing Project (WMWP) has developed a number of programs based on the assumption that students will benefit from writing for audiences that are real: that is, audiences beyond self, teacher, and classmates. We believe, with the late James Moffett, that students should write for a range of audiences, some close to home and some distant, some known and some unknown. Because we have seen the energy and skill our students bring to this 'for real' writing, we believe that writing for audiences outside the classroom creates a range of new purposes to our students' writing.

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