2015 Winter Young Writers Institute

Registration for the 2015 Winter Young Writers Institute is now open!

Access the Grades 4-8 application here.

Access the Grades 9-12 application here.

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
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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

Hear Me 101 Presents

As part of WPWP’s partnership with CMU Create Lab and Pittsburgh Filmmakers, Fellows Sheila Carter-Jones, Adam Loretto, Walt Peterson, and Michelle King have been working with school teams in Clairton, FUSE, McKeesport, and Steel Valley to create films that inspire change. Films will be screened and discussed at Pittsburgh Filmmakers on May 22nd. WPWP Fellow Michelle King will moderate the panel. See full details on the flyer.

WPWP Fellows Continuity Event on June 3rd

There is  an Upcoming Continuity Event on  June 3: Just Desserts.

Click here for the flyer.

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.

Announcing New Western PA Writing Project Director

Dr. Laura J. Roop has accepted the position of Director of the Western PA Writing Project. Laura will begin as Director on June 1st , 2014. For 18 years, in two separate stints, Laura directed the Oakland Writing Project, sponsored by Oakland Schools and the University of Michigan. Her experiences as a teacher, author, poet, researcher, and advocate for students are rich.

More information will follow about Laura in a few days in an official announcement from the School of Education. Thank you to the Fellows who were able to attend the candidates’ presentations and offered their feedback. We had a strong field of candidates and are grateful to those who applied.