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Westmoreland Workshops: Writing with Influence

WPWP teacher-leader Val Piccini will be leading two cohorts of practitioners, grades 3-8 through Writing with Influence, August 1-3, and 4-5, 2016 at the Westmoreland Intermediate Unit. The subtitle of the workshop is as follows: Maneuvering Across the Landscape of PA Core Writing–Narrative, Information, and Opinion/Argument Utilizing Mentor Texts.  For more information, go to

Valerie Piccini currently works as a certified reading specialist in the Franklin Regional School District.  She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Duquesne University and her Master’s degree in Reading with Disabilities from Wilmington University.  Valerie has also studied with Lucy Calkins at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University, New York City.

2016 Summer Institute for Teachers–Application Available

Interested in joining a national network of education innovators?  Or know a friend who would love to be involved in the Western Pennsylvania Writing Project? Check out the 2016 Western Pennsylvania Writing Project Summer Institute for Teachers.  Here is the brochure:


Here is the application form:

SIT 2016 application

For more information, talk to a WPWP teacher-consultant, or e-mail Laura Roop at

2014 WPWP Continuity Event

Title: 2014 WPWP Continuity Event
Location: 5131 Wesley W. Posvar Hall, University of Pittsburgh
Description: Opportunity for teacher-consultants who participated in the 2014 Summer Institute for Teachers to gather, reflect on their writing, inquiry, and leadership, and figure out next steps. Anthologies developed this summer to be distributed.
Start Time: 9:00
Date: 2014-11-01
End Time: 12:00

WPWP Inquiry/Leadership Group

Title: WPWP Inquiry/Leadership Group
Location: 5131 Wesley W. Posvar Hall, University of Pittsburgh
Description: Second session of a group focusing on developing teacher inquiry and leadership by reading The Art of Classroom Inquiry, recording burning questions, and collecting artifacts from current teaching situations.
Start Time: 9:00
Date: 2014-12-06
End Time: 12:00

WPWP Holiday Party

Title: WPWP Holiday Party
Location: 120 Parise Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15221
Description: Annual festivities, hosted this year by new WPWP director Laura Roop and her spouse, longtime NWP-connected Richard Koch. Bring hors d’ oeuvres, dessert, or drinks to share.
Start Time: 15:00
Date: 2014-12-13
End Time: 20:00

NCTE Annual Convention

Title: NCTE Annual Convention
Location: Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, MD
Link out: Click here
Description: Join your NCTE colleagues and friends as we examine the power of story as the landscape within which we map the significance of experience and build towers of knowledge.

Stories saturate our lives, woven so tightly into the fabric of the everyday that it’s easy to overlook their value as a way of knowing the world. They are the glue that creates community and binds us together around common purposes and values.

Gaylord National ResortThe 2014 NCTE Convention will be held at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center. Sessions will explore the many dimensions of story as the landscape of knowing–story as literary and informational text, story as cross-disciplinary collaborations, story as multiple literacies and genres, story as memory and identity, story as teacher knowledge and research, story as community and culture, story as marginalization, and story as resistance.

The 2014 NCTE Annual Convention is an opportunity to take back the right to tell our stories, to create our own landscapes, and to “talk story” with each other.

Start Date: 2014-11-20
End Date: 2014-11-22

NWP Annual Meeting

Title: NWP Annual Meeting
Location: Gaylord Resort, National Harbor, MD, near Washington DC
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Description: NWP’s 2014 Annual Meeting is held in conjunction with the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Convention . The meeting is designed to facilitate strategic thinking and planning opportunities for NWP sites, create time for sites to learn from each other and work together on behalf of the network, and provide a chance for the NWP office to be in conversation with site leaders and to share updates on funding, grant opportunities, and other planning.

Start Time: 08:00
Date: 2014-11-20
End Time: 21:00

2014 Fall Writing Retreat

WPWP Teacher Fellows, Save the Date for the October 17-19 Fall Writing Retreat at Oglebay Resort and Conference Center in Wheeling, West Virginia. Contact Erin Manifold for more information.

Writing Renaissance 2013

By Erin Manifold, 2009 WPWP Fellow

KrygowskiNancyThe 2013 Writing Renaissance was a huge success! Over 20 fellows gathered in the Dean’s Colloquium Room on the University of Pittsburgh’s campus on Saturday, April 27th to reconnect, rejuvenate, and write. Coffee, tea, and words flowed all morning as fellows had the opportunity to write a few creative poems led by Nancy Krygowski.

Nancy Krygowski works as an adult literacy instructor at the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council. She also teaches in Carlow University’s Madwomen in the Attic writing program. Her first book of poems, Velocity, received the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize from the University of Pittsburgh Press.  She is also a recipient of a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship and a Pittsburgh Foundation Grant.

The Students Speak

2013 101 Screening flyerFor the past two years, the Western Pa Writing Project has been a proud partner in Hear Me 101: A Social Advocacy Media Production Program, sponsored by The Heinz Endowments and supported by the Grable Foundation. This year in collaboration with Hear Me, CREATE Lab, Pittsburgh Filmmakers, and the Consortium for Public Education, the WPWP has worked with students in Clairton, McKeesport, F.U.S.E. (Wilkinsburg), and Steel Valley on the writing and production of short documentary films, canvassing a range of issues from school attendance and dress code policies to reputation and safety. IMG_8086

Please join the Hear Me 101 community on May 21st for a special screening and panel discussion.

Hear Me 101 presents…

The Students Speak: A Presentation of Short Films from Students who Want to Inspire Change.   

May 21st, 6PM, Melwood Screening Room — 477 Melwood Avenue, Pgh, PA 15213.

IMG_8064Following the screening of student films, panelists who work in the fields of youth, media, and advocacy will discuss the theme of youth as stakeholders in their education and the role that art and media plays in empowerment. WPWP fellows, Michelle King and Matthew Luskey, will moderate the panel discussion.IMG_8054

All are welcome. The event is free. Hors D’oeuvres and light refreshments will be served.