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Southern Arizona Writing Project Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Innovative Writing Program

Publication: UA News
Date: May 11, 2015

Summary: Wildcat Writers, an innovative writing program from the Southern Arizona Writing Project, pairs university composition instructors and students with high school students and their teachers to collaborate on writing projects.


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Drury said another immediate benefit of involvement in Wildcat Writers is that she gains important professional development, which then aids in her students' learning.

'When I am able to collaborate with other professionals, it improves my writing and teaching,' said Drury, who has been teaching for more than two decades and also serves as one of the co-directors of the Southern Arizona Writing Project—another UA collaboration, which aims to improve student writing in K-16 classrooms.

'I want to give my kids the kind of experiences that will help them to transition into the University' she said. 'They need to know that they have a voice, and if they start practicing using it now, that will only strengthen their development.'"

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