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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.

Erin Whitcraft
Grade you teach:
High School English
School: St. Paul Central High School
Summer Institute Writing:
For Brian
Summer Institute Demonstration: 10 Quest Capstone (.pdf file)

Reflections on teaching:

How has the MWP experience impacted your teaching? My colleagues and facilitators in the MWP are invaluable resources. Their ideas and feedback help me to be more reflective in my own practices of teaching, reading, and writing. I look forward to implementing some of their books, projects, and strategies into my classes in the coming year.

The MWP has been most impactful in the space it gives us as writers and teachers. I will return to teaching in the fall with a renewed sense of who I want to be as a teacher and as a more empathetic writer along with my students.

What are your beliefs about writing? Writing is messy and sometimes really hard. Most of us don't do nearly enough of it. Our students need to see us write—even and especially when we're struggling.

Writing is really a practice in generosity—generosity to self as someone in the midst of the neverending process, generosity to others in the form of thoughtful listening and feedback, generosity to the reader in the sharing of perspective and experience.

image of bookWhat is a book on writing or the teaching of writing that you would recommend (and why)? Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott has been brilliant to share with my students; she is candid in her discussion of the frequently painful process of drafting.

Teaching for Joy and Justice by Linda Christensen encourages us to lean into our students' lives and perspectives to create writing lessons that are meaningful to the community and to bring our classrooms into spaces of social justice.




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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