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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 the local site of the National Writing Project, an authorized provider of No Child Left Behind.

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

Apply for the 2017 LRNG Innovators Challenge here.

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

click here for a full-screen version of the video

Showcasing MWP teachers

Much of what we read in the local education section of the newspaper describes shifting tests scores or school closings. It is infrequent that we are offered a peek into the mind and heart of 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.

photo of teacherEmily Porter
Grade you teach:
School: Hopkins High School
Summer Institute Writing:
Water Poems
Summer Institute Demonstration: Human Rights Investigation (.pdf file)

Reflections on teaching:

How has the MWP experience impacted your teaching? I've collected many new strategies to use in my classroom. Also, the writing process has helped me ground myself in what people actually need to have in order to be successful writers in a workshop context.

What are your beliefs about writing? I believe that writing is one of the most important things that we can do as human beings. I believe that access to writing means access to power; that writing gives us the ability to speak our truths and our experiences to a wider audience; and that those who write (and are published) are those who get to define the world.
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What is a book on writing or the teaching of writing that you would recommend (and why)? Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott is probably the best book I've ever read about writing. She is funny and approachable and honest about the writing process.




link to past showcases page

Believing that teachers can empower other teachers, members provide an environment in which teachers can learn from one another and then share that learning with others in their classrooms, departments, schools, and districts. MWP is committed to improving the literacy of all students, strengthening university and school collaboration on reading and writing instruction, and increasing the professional power of teachers in meeting state standards and the curricular demands of NCLB.


Identifies exemplary teachers who can teach other teachers

Encourages teachers to write

Assists schools and districts in identifying their literacy needs and supports them in meeting those needs through pertinent staff development

Supports long-term reform and improvement in literacy instruction through classroom-based, action research

Maintains partnerships between schools and the University

Promotes cultural, racial, and ethnic diversity and understanding within MWP

For additional information, see About MWP.


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.

MWP is co-hosting the Scholastic Writing Awards Ceremony! 

Click here for details and for the list of award recipients!

Register for Saturday Sessions! 

Click here for step-by-step registration instructions. Questions?




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