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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."

NEW! 2018 Summer Youth Camps

Starting in summer 2018, MWP will facilitate youth writing camps for students entering 5th through 8th grade. Our enthusiastic summer camp leaders are currently practicing licensed teachers who bring energy and experience to the teaching of writing. All camps will take place at the University of Minnesota. Click here for details!

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.

Chundra Cobbin
Grade you teach:
Fourth grade
School: Lucy Craft Laney Community School
Summer Institute Writing:
I Am from
Teaching Demonstration: Writing in Math

Reflections on teaching

How has your participation in the Summer Institute influenced your beliefs about the instruction of writing? I now see myself as a writer! That's a huge deal because I teach math. I also believe all my students are writers, and that's a new concept to me. Most of all, I now have a huge toolkit of projects and writing prompts that I can take back to my classroom.

Describe one “take-away” from the Summer Institute that you plan to share with your colleagues or implement in your classroom. I will be doing the interest inventory with my students so they have topics to draw from for their writing.

In what ways does writing positively impact your students? Writing gives my students another platform to express themselves. Words are a great medium for students to be creative and dive into language.

What do students need in your school to become better writers? My students need space and opportunity to become writers!


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

click here for a full-screen version of the video



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.

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