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Minnesota Writing Project

The Minnesota Writing Project aims to improve K–college literacy in Minnesota. Housed within the Center for Writing at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, MWP is a local site of the National Writing Project, which "focuses the knowledge, expertise, and leadership of our nation's educators on sustained efforts to improve writing and learning for all learners."

MWP in the news

MWP teacher Molly Vasich's partnership with TruArt Speaks was featured in Educational Innovator. Click here for the article.

MWP and National Student Poet winner, Ben Lee, recently visited Fox 9 with Leah Beno.

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Showcasing MWP teachers

Our Teacher Showcase feature gives our recent ISI participants a chance to speak their mind about the teaching of writing and the need for quality professional development. Return often to read these profiles.

Tristi Wilson
Grade you teach:
7th grade
School: Century Middle School, Lakeville
Summer Institute Writing:
A Quiet Walk
Summer Institute Demonstration: Public Service Announcement Podcast (.pdf file)

Reflections on teaching:

How has the MWP experience impacted your teaching? Writing is every bit the equal to reading in developing literacy in students. Rather than being surreptitious about teaching writing ("should I really spend this amount of time on writing when we have an MCA test coming up?"), I can be more confident that writing is supporting my students, in all necessary ways. My own writing has shown me how journaling provides clarity I could not have achieved anyway else.

What are your beliefs about writing? Writing is essential in developing adolescent students—they want to know the "why"—and writing helps them. They want to know who they are—identity—and writing helps them. They want to more deeply understand their world—and writing helps them. It is a way to deepen critical thought in our students, our future citizens of this world.

image of bookWhat is a book on writing or the teaching of writing that you would recommend (and why)? Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg. Writing is demystified in this book, and her humorous and practical advice provides a novice or experienced writer the feeling of freedom "just to write." Reading her book is like entering into a Zen meditative state as she describes her own cerebral journey of being a writer.



link to past showcases page

MWP video: Teachers Celebrate MWP’s Invitational Summer Institute

From our first institute in 1991 to 2016, teachers share their experiences of participating.  Enjoy this short video featuring several teachers identifying the impact the institute has had on their personal and professional lives.   

Ann Thompson, Producer
Charlie McCarron, Videographer

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Stephanie Rollag Yoon, Director

The Minnesota Writing Project is funded in part by the Center for Writing, the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota, and the National Writing Project.

Click here for details on the 2018 Scholastic Writing Awards! 

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