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Why I Write: Evan Grant's Words Seep into His Technology

National Writing Project News - Tue, 10/25/2011 - 15:45
Monday, October 17, 2011
Type: Resource
Evan Grant, a creative technologist, founder of seeper, and student of the sensory interactions between users and technology, describes the different ways he writes and the cathartic release he feels during the process.

Why I Write: Tim Green Tackles Writing

National Writing Project News - Tue, 10/25/2011 - 15:45
Monday, October 17, 2011
Type: Resource
Former NFL player and bestselling author Tim Green describes how his love of football parallels his love for writing. "The thrill of creating stories that can change the quality of a person's life is as breathtaking a notion as sacking an NFL quarterback," he says.

Why I Write: Susan Gerhard Finds Life in Cinema

National Writing Project News - Tue, 10/25/2011 - 14:45
Monday, October 17, 2011
Type: Resource
Susan Gerhard, a San Francisco-based writer and editor, became a film critic to explore the world of idea and the new visions of life as we live it that films present. The best movies are those that spark arguments at dinner parties, she says.

Why I Write: Charles Limb and the Preservation of Thoughts

National Writing Project News - Fri, 10/21/2011 - 17:46
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Type: Resource
Charles Limb, a renowned researcher in otolaryngology and music, elaborates on how he writes to freeze and preserve his own thoughts in a moment in time.

Why I Write: Anthony Atala's Words Are as Powerful as Sci-fi Gizmos

National Writing Project News - Fri, 10/21/2011 - 14:45
Monday, October 10, 2011
Type: Resource
Regenerative medicine specialist Dr. Anthony Atala's state-of-the-art lab grows human organs—from muscles to blood vessels to bladders, and more. Although he's immersed in sci-fi gizmos in his work, he says writing "is the communication vehicle that moves science forward."

Why I Write: Jane Hirshfield Writes about Life's Profound Mystery

National Writing Project News - Fri, 10/21/2011 - 14:45
Monday, October 10, 2011
Type: Resource
Prize-winning international poet, translator, and essayist Jane Hirshfield's poetry speaks to the central issues of human existence: desire and loss, impermanence and beauty, and the many dimensions of our connection with others. She tells NWP why she writes.

Why I Write: Arvind Gupta Plays with the Words of Science

National Writing Project News - Fri, 10/21/2011 - 14:45
Friday, October 07, 2011
Type: Resource
Arvind Gupta, an Indian toy inventor and popularizer of science for kids, is known for turning trash into seriously entertaining, well-designed toys that kids can build themselves while learning basic principles of science and design. He brings a similar spirit of exploratory playfulness to writing about science.

Why I Write: Gary Giddins Riffs on Jazz

National Writing Project News - Fri, 10/21/2011 - 14:45
Friday, October 07, 2011
Type: Resource
Gary Giddins, long-time columnist for the Village Voice and unarguably the world's preeminent jazz critic, writes about jazz to let the world know about America's "fecund and flowing" musical tradition, which is sometimes treated as though it doesn't exist, or exists only for those "in the know."

Philadelphia Teacher Profiled by Times for Popular Twitter Chat: #engchat

National Writing Project News - Thu, 10/20/2011 - 14:45
Thursday, October 06, 2011
Type: In the News
Teachers are turning to Twitter to collaborate, share resources, and offer each other support. Many, in fact, are using it to take professional development into their own hands, 140 characters at a time. Meenoo Rami, a teacher-consultant with the Philadelphia Writing Project, leads a popular Twitter chat called #engchat and was profiled in The New York Times Learning Network.

Why I Write: Cynthia Jaynes Explores the Thrill and the Terror of the Teen Years

National Writing Project News - Thu, 10/20/2011 - 14:45
Wednesday, October 05, 2011
Type: Resource
Cynthia Jaynes might be called an accidental novelist, but once she found herself as a writer, she began writing with such drive that she writes 1,000 words a day, even on Thanksgiving and anniversaries.

Why I Write: Freeman Dyson Puts Words to Mathematics

National Writing Project News - Thu, 10/20/2011 - 14:45
Tuesday, October 04, 2011
Type: Resource
When people hear the name Freeman Dyson, they tend to think of breakthroughs in quantum physics, but Dyson is a prolific writer as well. He's known for bringing conscience and compassion to his books, which interweave scientific explanation and humanism.

Spotlight on Teen Ink: A Magazine Written by and for Teens

National Writing Project News - Thu, 10/20/2011 - 13:45
Monday, October 03, 2011
Type: spotlight
Teen Ink, called "The New Yorker for Teens," is the nation's largest publisher of teen work in print and online. Writing Project teachers and their students have been involved in Teen Ink for years. Students can submit fiction, nonfiction, poetry, book, movie and music reviews, and more. There is no charge to submit or to be published.

Why Science Teachers Should Write

National Writing Project News - Wed, 10/19/2011 - 23:46
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Type: Resource
Marsha Ratzel, a middle school teacher of math and science, explains why it's so important that students write as a way to learn science, and why science teachers should write as well.

A Conversation About Creative Writing Pedagogy: Where Are We Going Next? (Part 2)

National Writing Project News - Wed, 10/19/2011 - 23:46
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Type: Resource
Stephanie Vanderslice, director of the Great Bear Writing Project, along with educators Cathy Day and Anna Leahy, discusses creative writing pedagogy and how it fits into the educational landscape.

A Conversation About Creative Writing Pedagogy: Where Are We Going Next?

National Writing Project News - Wed, 10/19/2011 - 23:46
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Type: Resource
Stephanie Vanderslice, director of the Great Bear Writing Project, along with educators Cathy Day and Anna Leahy, discusses creative writing pedagogy and how it fits into the educational landscape.

Young Writers Share "Life Link" Prose for Purchase Area Writing Project's Anthology

National Writing Project News - Wed, 10/19/2011 - 22:47
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Type: In the News
More than four-hundred young authors responded to the invitation of the Purchase Area Writing Project (PAWP) to write about a Life Link," the theme chosen for the third edition of PAWP's annual anthology. Many of the young writers explored the theme in simple homespun ways, though some ventured into global concerns such as the tragedy in Haiti and environmental awareness.

Philadelphia Writing Project Celebrates 25 Years as a Powerful Teacher Network

National Writing Project News - Tue, 10/18/2011 - 14:46
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Type: In the News
For its 25th anniversary, the Philadelphia Writing Projecting is commemorating its impact on literacy and writing as a critical tool for learning in all Philadelphia schools.

New Teacher-Grant Program Could Herald Federal Shift

National Writing Project News - Tue, 10/18/2011 - 10:45
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Type: In the News
Several high-profile teacher-training and professional-development groups that recently lost federal set-asides, including the National Writing Project, will have an opportunity to recapture some of that funding under the terms of a newly unveiled $25 million federal competition.

Leaving A Trail: Beginning With the End in Mind

National Writing Project News - Mon, 10/17/2011 - 14:45
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Type: Resource
Jim Davis, a teacher with the Northern Virginia Writing Project, describes his attempt to improve his students' writing by leading them away from circular endings and towards following "breadcrumbs."

Western Kentucky University Writing Project Takes Part in the Common Core Initiative

National Writing Project News - Mon, 10/17/2011 - 14:45
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Type: In the News
The Western Kentucky University Writing Project is taking part in the Common Core Initiative, which helps develop and test lesson plans to meet the literacy goal of the new common core standards Kentucky adopted last year.
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