National Writing Project

National Writing Project Hosts Four-Day Conference in Philadelphia

Writing in the Digital Age Will Be Focus; Poet Laureate to Speak

For Immediate Release



More than 1,200 teachers from across the nation will convene in Philadelphia for four days of activities, including the Annual Meeting of the National Writing Project (NWP), a reading by former poet laureate Billy Collins, and sessions open to the media that focus on the use of digital media tools to teach young people — who are "growing up digital" — to write and learn.


Wednesday, November 18, 2009

7:30am - 5pm:

Digital Is... conference where NWP teacher-consultants, teachers and others in the Digital Media and Learning Initiative will share best practices and discuss learning environments that support effective digital writing and learning for students. The initiative is funded by a MacArthur Foundation grant. A limited number of spaces are reserved for media.

6pm - 8pm: The Power of Youth Voice: What Kids Learn When They Create with Digital Media, a public event at the Academy of Natural Sciences. Contact: Morgan Arenson, 609-945-7864 or
Thursday, November 19, 2009

8am - 5:30pm:

Workshops for NWP site leaders and teacher-consultants. A limited number of spaces are reserved for media. Review topics at

Friday, November 20, 2009
9:30am - 11:30am: General Session. Billy Collins, former two-time poet laureate of the United States, will speak at approximately 10:15am. A limited number of spaces are reserved for media.
1pm - 5:30pm: Breakout Sessions. A limited number of spaces are reserved for media. Review topics at
Saturday, November 21, 2009
8am - 4pm: Leadership meetings and various activities all day, including the following:
8:45am - 11:30am: Philadelphia Writing Marathon, hosted by the Philadelphia Writing Project, provides opportunities to experience the City of Brotherly Love as a writer.


Sheraton Philadelphia City Center Hotel, 17th & Race Streets, Philadelphia, (215) 448-2000. Unless noted, all activities will be at the Sheraton. Map of events.

About the National Writing Project
The National Writing Project is the most significant coordinated effort to improve writing in America. NWP sites, located on more than 200 university and college campuses, serve more than 135,000 participants annually. NWP continues to add new sites each year, with the goal of placing the writing project within reach of every teacher in America. Through its professional development model, NWP develops the leadership, programs, and research needed for teachers to help students become successful writers and learners. For more information, visit

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