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.
Midsummer Writing Meetups
UWM Writing Project is excited to offer five midsummer gatherings to write, reflect, and refuel (Thursdays in July: 1, 8, 15, 22, 29). The sessions are free to attend. We will be offering all sessions online via Zoom, with an in-person attendance option at the Lynden Sculpture Garden for our final meetup on Thursday 7/29. Attend by yourself or bring a colleague. We welcome new people to the mix, even if they have never had the chance to attend an ISI.
Please sign up for one or more dates on the MeetUp Participation form: https://forms.gle/VT98WNhkdpKS5RGa9
The writing meetups will be structured similar to the OWAs (Opening Writing Activities) that many are familiar with from their summer institute experiences. As always, the one-page summaries of the OWAs will be available for you to use and modify for your own classrooms.
We look forward to writing with you this summer!
2021 Invitational Institute
Due to COVID-19 social distancing measures, we have redesigned the ISI to occur mostly, if not entirely, online. We hope that a few half-days of this summer’s ISI will take place at the stunningly beautiful and inspiring Lynden Sculpture Garden – a place that will be sure to spark writing ideas from many aspects of your life and teaching, but we will also make Zoom participation available for anyone who needs that instead.
As a participant, you will engage in extensive writing experiences, reflect on your own writing, be acknowledged for your own expertise as a teacher, and become a leader in the area of writing by developing an in-service presentation. Even if you feel that you aren’t a writer or that you are uncertain about how to teach writing, this is a great professional development opportunity to build your knowledge and confidence.
*** BEFORE YOU BEGIN THE APPLICATION, PREPARE THE FOLLOWING ***
This application asks for basic personal and school-related information. There are also 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 this form:
- Describe an issue in your writing instruction that you would like to investigate. Include a description of the practice as it currently exists and the results that prompted you to question it.
- Describe yourself as a writer. Please include your accomplishments, challenges and experiences. What do you do well and what would you like to improve?
Important Dates and Details:
Dates: We will work flexibly with the needs of the group about meeting times/dates, but these are the planned dates and maximum time frames:
- In-person and/or Zoom synchronous meetings: 8:30 am – 1:30 pm (or a shorter window within that time frame) on June 21, 22, 23, 24, 28 and 29.
- Zoom synchronous writing dates and check-ins: 8:30 – 10:30 am July 6, 13, 20.
- Asynchronous independent inquiry work time: June 21-July 25.
- In-person and/or Zoom synchronous final presentations: July 26, 27, 28, and 29. (We may need fewer of these days, depending on how many people we have.)
- Institute Cost: $600 (no credit) or UWM tuition rates (3 graduate credits)
- Final Application Deadline: May 15, 2021
- Encouraged Presentation at the UWMWP 2022 Conference on the Teaching of Writing (tentatively February 19, 2022)
UWMWP 2021 Virtual Conference on the Teaching of Writing
The UWM Writing Project’s 8th Annual Conference on the Teaching of Writing will be held on Saturday, February 20, 2021 from 9:00 to 11:00 am.
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 for this virtual event is FREE. Please RSVP at bit.ly/2021interestform so that we can plan accordingly for online activities. For additional information and updates, visit the UWMWP Conference on the Teaching of Writing website.
UWMWP Summer Camps for Young Writers
Teen Writing Academy
Location: UW-Milwaukee Campus
Dates: June 22 – 26 | 9:00 am – 1:30 pm
Ages: 14 – 18
Sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Writing Project, this writing class is designed specifically for teen students who are interested in practicing writing across three genres: Fiction, Poetry and Nonfiction/Essay. These classes are facilitated by experienced writers and teachers – trained Teacher-Consultants with the UWM Writing Project – who introduce writing activities that are fun, helpful and inspiring to the imagination.
For more information and to register, visit the School of Continuing Education Teen Writing Academy webpage.
Writers in the Garden
Location: Lynden Sculpture Garden
Dates: July 6 – 10 | 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Ages: 10 – 15
Cost: $385/$315 members
Aspiring writers are invited to join National Writing Project teacher leaders and Lynden staff for a writing experience at the intersection of art and nature. Build a supportive writing community as you explore a variety of creative writing genres, investigate Lynden’s collections and back acres, and engage in the entire writing process from brainstorming and drafting, to providing and receiving feedback, revising, and editing.
For more information and to register, visit the Lynden Sculpture Garden webpage.
Young Writers’ Academy
Location: UW-Milwaukee Campus
Dates: July 20 – 24 | 9:00 am – 1:30 pm
Ages: 10 – 14
Back by popular demand, this University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Writing Project’s (UWMWP) camp is for aspiring writers who are entering grades 6-8. During the camp, we meet each day in writing groups. This camp is facilitated by Teacher-Consultants (TCs), experienced writers and teachers who are involved in the UWMWP – and these TCs have a common goal of inspiring the imaginations and composition skills of young writers! We write daily in a creative, supportive environment. While writers of all abilities are welcome, we focus on some introductory concepts as well as more nuanced, stylistic skills.
For more information and to register, visit the School of Continuing Education Young Writers’ Academy webpage.
Multiliteracies, Languages, and Cultures Resource Library (MLC)
The MLC Resource Library provides interdisciplinary teaching materials for teacher candidates, practicing teachers, graduate students, and faculty of the School of Education who are MLC related. Those seeking instructional materials for student teachings, field placements, or course assignments, are able to access this library.
For more information, visit the Multiliteracies, Languages, and Cultures Resource Library (MLC) 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.