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Students Send Thank You Letters to Soldiers at Great Valley Writing Project

National Writing Project News - Wed, 11/09/2011 - 16:45
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Type: In the News
Kindergarten teacher Maria Tillery at the Great Valley Writing Project collected names of active soldiers for her students to write letters to, and is hoping the letters and artwork make it to the soldiers in time for Veterans Day.

California High Schools Prepare For More Rigorous State Standards

National Writing Project News - Wed, 11/09/2011 - 16:45
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Type: In the News
English teachers from Pajaro Valley, Watsonville and Aptos high schools, preparing to teach new and more rigorous state standards for reading and writing, are getting help from the UC Santa Cruz Central California Writing Project and other UCSC programs.

Common Core State Standards Accelerates Interest in Online Professional Development

National Writing Project News - Tue, 11/08/2011 - 18:46
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Type: In the News
The adoption of common core state standards in most states has increased interest in online professional development to guide teachers through the transition.

NWP Radio: Introducing NaNaWriMo! And How You Can Use it in Your Classroom

National Writing Project News - Mon, 11/07/2011 - 11:45
Friday, October 21, 2011
Type: Event
In this episode of NWP Radio, hear from the staff of National Novel Writing Month, who will talk about how to write a novel "by the seat of your pants in 30 days" this November. Also, NWP teacher-consultant Donalyn Miller will discuss how she's taught the event in her classroom.

Connecticut Writing Project Conference Brings Students and Teachers Together

National Writing Project News - Fri, 11/04/2011 - 16:45
Friday, October 21, 2011
Type: In the News
UConn's fourth Annual Conference for Secondary School Writing Centers brought together more than 150 students and teachers from middle and high school all over Connecticut. This conference allowed students and teachers to understand how to successfully implement writing centers at their schools.

San Antonio Writing Project Tackles Bullying

National Writing Project News - Fri, 11/04/2011 - 11:45
Friday, October 21, 2011
Type: In the News
The San Antonio Writing Project will host "Writing the Future of Bullying: It Really Can Get Better," the second seminar in its 2011-2012 professional development series. It will explore the issues involved in bullying and provide teachers with strategies that help students become allies for their classmates.

Celebrating the National Day on Writing with #whyiwrite

National Writing Project News - Thu, 11/03/2011 - 11:45
Friday, October 21, 2011
Type: In the News
To commemorate the National Day On Writing, October 20, the New York Times Learning Network, Figment, and the National Writing Project are asking people on Twitter to identify their reasons for writing using the #whyiwrite hashtag.

Today Is `National Day on Writing'

National Writing Project News - Wed, 11/02/2011 - 16:46
Friday, October 21, 2011
Type: In the News
Today is October 20, the National Day on Writing. To celebrate, the National Writing Project is hosting the "Why I Write" project where writers and readers can participate by submitting essays on Figment.com, watching The New York Times learning center interviews, or reading blog posts at the Edutopia community.

Why I Write: Becky Tuch Explores the World of Lit Mags

National Writing Project News - Tue, 11/01/2011 - 14:45
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Type: Resource
Becky Tuch is creator of The Review Review, a website that reviews literary magazines, and a founding member of the literary blog Beyond the Margins. Tuch interviews journal editors and offers publishing tips to writers. She shares her thoughts on the evolving role of literary journals in the world of writing.

Why I Write: A Celebration of the National Day on Writing

National Writing Project News - Tue, 11/01/2011 - 14:45
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Type: Resource
The urge to write can be a mysterious calling. There are so many different ways to understand not only the why of writing, but what one gets out of it. To celebrate the National Day on Writing, the NWP has joined The New York Times Learning Network and Figment to collect the thoughts of people from all walks of life--scientists, reporters, poets, teachers, and students--to discover why they write.

Why I Write: Catherine Mohr on Writing to Organize Thoughts

National Writing Project News - Tue, 11/01/2011 - 10:45
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Type: Resource
Dr. Catherine Mohr, the director of Medical Research at Intuitive Surgical, is an expert in the field of robotic surgery, but writing is anything but robotic for her. She shares why she writes: to organize her thoughts and ideas, to understand, and to communicate.

Why I Write: Dyan deNapoli Writes for the Penguins

National Writing Project News - Mon, 10/31/2011 - 14:45
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Type: Resource
Dyan deNapoli, a penguin expert and author of the award-winning book, The Great Penguin Rescue, shares her reading and writing background and how she came to write about penguins.

Why I Write: Jill Nash Strives for Simple Eloquence in Business Writing

National Writing Project News - Mon, 10/31/2011 - 10:45
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Type: Resource
Jill Nash, chief communications officer and senior vice president of Corporate Affairs at Levi Strauss & Co., emphasizes that clear, concise writing is a key ingredient for success in the business world.

Why I Write: Sharon J. Washington Expresses, Connects, and Creates

National Writing Project News - Thu, 10/27/2011 - 14:45
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Type: Resource
Sharon Washington, executive director of the National Writing Project, describes her need to write."I write because I need to express myself and to connect to others," she says.

Why I Write: Gerald Richards on Storytelling and 826 National

National Writing Project News - Thu, 10/27/2011 - 14:45
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Type: Resource
Gerald Richards, CEO of 826 National, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping students with creative writing, discusses how writing is vital to his work and to the success of 826.

Why I Write: Ann Powers Reflects on Writing About Rock

National Writing Project News - Thu, 10/27/2011 - 14:45
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Type: Resource
Ann Powers, a music critic who has written for The New York Times, National Public Radio, the LA Times, and the Village Voice, discusses the figures who have inspired her, how being female affected her perception of music, and how writing about music should be about trying to capture how it feels to listeners.

National Writing Project Joins Celebration of National Day on Writing

National Writing Project News - Tue, 10/25/2011 - 15:45
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Type: Press Release
The urge to write can be a mysterious calling. There are so many different ways to understand not only the why of writing, but what one gets out of it. To celebrate the National Day on Writing on October 20, the National Writing Project has joined The New York Times Learning Network, Figment and Edutopia to create the "Why I Write" project to collect the thoughts of people from all walks of life—scientists, businesspeople, reporters, poets, teachers, and students—and discover why they write.

Why I Write: Leslie Goetsch

National Writing Project News - Tue, 10/25/2011 - 15:45
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Type: Resource
Maryland Writing Project teacher-consultant Leslie Goetsch discusses writing her first novel, Back Creek, and explains how writing and teaching are intertwined in her writing process.

Why I Write: David Deutsch Writes to Clarify and Learn

National Writing Project News - Tue, 10/25/2011 - 15:45
Monday, October 17, 2011
Type: Resource
David Deutsch, an Oxford physicist and author of several novels about different theories of the universe, views writing as a creative way to clarify his thoughts, so he worries that a rigid, structured curriculum in some schools could stifle the kind of writing he values.

Why I Write: Mark Salzman Writes Because 'It Hurts So Good'

National Writing Project News - Tue, 10/25/2011 - 15:45
Monday, October 17, 2011
Type: Resource
Mark Salzman, an award-winning author of several novels and nonfictional memoirs, delves into how Hellen Keller inspired him to search for wonders in the world. That sense of discovery and inspiration guides him in his writing process, which he calls "an itch he can't ignore."
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