The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Writing Project (UWMWP), an affiliate of the National Writing Project (NWP) since 2008, promotes the mission of the NWP.

Begun in 1973 as the Bay Area Writing Project at the University of California at Berkeley, the National Writing Project has grown into an inspirational network of projects reaching approximately 83,000 teachers a year. Today, the NWP comprises over 200 sites in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. There are over 150 UWMWP Teacher Consultants working in classrooms across southeastern Wisconsin.

UWMWP Conference on the Teaching of Writing

The UWM Writing Project’s 6th Annual Conference on the Teaching of Writing will be held on Saturday, February 23, 2019 from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm at the UWM School of Continuing Education, 161 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53203 (at the Grand Avenue Mall).

Join teachers from all grade levels and subject areas for this outstanding professional development event, presented by Teacher Leaders actively studying their teaching of writing and its results. Try new strategies, enrich the conversation, and meet colleagues who value learning and leading.

The cost is $50 and includes lunch and a reduced parking rate of $6. Registration form is listed below. For additional information and updates, visit the UWMWP Conference on the Teaching of Writing website.

UWMWP Conference on the Teaching of Writing Registration Form (PDF)

Interactive, hands-on sessions cover a range of topics. Some of this year’s titles include:

  • Digital Learning Coach
  • Research as a Conversation
  • Effective Word Choice: Translating Ideas Successfully When Writing
  • We All Have a Story to Tell
  • Genre: Urban Arts— a Playground for Creatives
  • The Power of Metaphor: Using Metaphor and Critical Lens Theory to Promote Higher-Order Thinking & Writing Across All Content Areas
  • Write It So They’ll Read It
  • Slow Their Roll! Why Students Must Understand Before They Argue
  • Where I’m Coming From: Flexible Thinking through Perspective Taking
  • All the World’s an Argument! Find a Topic Worth Arguing About

Questions? Please contact Donna Pasternak at uwmwp@uwm.edu or Jenny Hussa at uwmwpsite@gmail.com.

2018 Invitational Institute

The 2018 Invitational Summer Institute will take place June 18, 2018 – June 29, 2018, for 2 weeks, Monday through Friday, from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm at Lynden Sculpture Garden. Teachers of ALL subject and ALL grade levels, Pre-K through college, administrators, and literacy coaches are encouraged to apply.

UWMWP 2018 Invitational Summer Institute Application

*** BEFORE YOU BEGIN THE APPLICATION, PREPARE THE FOLLOWING: ***
Our application asks for basic personal and school-related information and requires responses to two essay questions. Before you begin the form, please compose thoughtful responses to these questions in a word processor so that you can copy-paste them into the application:

  1. Describe an issue in your writing instruction you would like to investigate. Include a description of the practice as it currently exists and the results that prompted you to question it.
  2. Describe yourself as a writer. Please include your accomplishments, challenges and experiences. What do you do well and what would you like to improve?

The process to participate in the 2018 Institute is:

  • Final Application Deadline: April 10, 2018
  • Interviews Scheduled: Saturday, April 14, 2018 (group setting, morning time slots at UWM)
  • Notification of Acceptance via email: Thursday, April 21, 2018
  • Required Pre-Institute Conference Date: Saturday, May 5, 2018 (morning half-day at UWM)
  • Required Open-Conference Date: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 (drop-in schedule in the evening at UWM)
  • Invitational Summer Institute: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm on the following dates, with some research completed in advance: Monday through Friday, June 18-29 (at Lynden Sculpture Garden)
  • Encouraged Presentation at the UWMWP 2019 Conference on the Teaching of Writing (tentatively February 23, 2019)

For information about applying to the 2018 Invitational Institute, contact UWMWP at uwmwp@uwm.edu.

UWMWP Summer Young Writers Camp

Location: The Lynden Sculpture Garden
Dates
: July 9 – 13
Time: 9:00 am – 1:30 pm
Ages: 10 – 15
Cost: $215/$182 members

Aspiring writers are invited to join professional National Writing Project teacher leaders in a supportive writing community. With the sculpture garden as a source of inspiration, and Lynden staff and artists in residence to assist with art and nature activities, you will explore a variety of creative writing genres including poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction, and you’ll engage in the entire writing process, from brainstorming and drafting, to providing and receiving feedback, revising, and editing. Meet and share your writing with other young writers and learn the foundational writing techniques used by professionals.

For more information and to register, visit the Lynden Sculpture Garden webpage.

About NWP & UWMWP

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Writing Project, an affiliate of the National Writing Project (NWP) since 2008, strives to promote the mission of the NWP. Begun in 1973 as the Bay Area Writing Project at the University of California at Berkeley, the National Writing Project has grown into an inspirational network of projects reaching approximately 83,000 teachers a year. Today, the NWP comprises nearly 200 sites in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. There are over 100 UWMWP Teacher Consultants working in classrooms across southeastern Wisconsin.

The mission of the National Writing Project is to improve the teaching of writing and improve learning in the nation’s schools. Through its professional development model, the National Writing Project recognizes the primary importance of teacher knowledge, expertise, and leadership. The National Writing Project believes that access to high-quality educational experiences is a basic right of all learners and a cornerstone of equity. Through its extensive network of teachers, the National Writing Project seeks to promote exemplary instruction of writing in every classroom in America.

The National Writing Project values diversity—our own as well as that of our students, their families, and their communities. We recognize that our lives and practices are enriched when those with whom we interact represent diversities of race, gender, class, ethnicity, and language. Here is a video clip of Dr. Jeff Wilhelm, an internationally-known teacher and author on the National Writing Project.

UWMWP Sponsored Events

An engaging morning of professional development in argumentative writing led by the Bradley Tech High School English Department for the Bradley Tech instructional staff led by Tracy Borkin and Diana Jones, Jenny Wittemann and Jayne Kovotev, and Jared Gilbert and Bridget Williquette.

UWMWP In the News

Impacts on Students of a Short-Cycle Implementation of the National Writing Project’s College, Career, and Community Writers Program

UWMWP teacher-consultant Andrea Heckner’s “Writing Our Way to Success” article, April 2012

“EdLine” magazine article, Fall 2010

“EdLine” magazine article, Fall 2009

“EdLine” magazine article, Fall 2008

Contact UWMWP

Dr. Donna Pasternak
(414) 229-4592
dlp2@uwm.edu

UWMWP E-Mail
uwmwp@uwm.edu