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2019 NWP Midwest Conference: Race, Writing, and Power

Save the Date! Friday, August 2, and Saturday, August 3, 2019 


University of Minnesota–Twin Cities (Nicholson Hall)

Accommodations at UMN residence halls and Graduate Hotel.

Submit your proposal here.

Registration details coming soon.

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Call for Proposals

The Minnesota Writing Project is excited to host the National Writing Project 2019 Midwest Conference here at the University of Minnesota campus August 2–3, 2019. The planning committee seeks proposals from educators across multiple teaching contexts (classrooms, community-based settings, artistic spaces) to teach and learn with one another about race, writing, and power. Our goal is to make this an opportunity to showcase the powerful work educators are doing in their classrooms and communities, and to teach and learn with one another about the implications of race and power in our teaching of literacy. Less about presenting one-size-fits-all solutions, this conference aims to support teachers as they raise questions, suggest possibilities, and create supportive and critical spaces for tough conversations as we work towards equitable literacy education.

We invite proposals for workshops, teaching demonstrations, performances, panel presentations, and roundtable conversations that explore what it means to teach reading, writing, speaking, and listening and the impacts of race and power on this work. We especially encourage proposals for sessions that are participatory. Proposals might consider any of the following questions or others related to the theme:

  • How do we engage writers in conversations that matter to them?
  • How do we talk about race, identity, power, and/or privilege without doing harm?
  • How can we help students learn to read sources and research critically?
  • What roles can reading, writing, storytelling, and performance play in challenging existing structures of
    power and privilege, and in opening up new possibilities?
  • How can we create educational spaces that invite access and belonging?
  • How might we bridge the gaps between in- and out-of-school writing and learning?
  • How can we create opportunities for youth to be engaged in civic and community work (e.g. YPAR,
    community organizing, social action projects, maker spaces, artistic performances)?
  • How can we teach students how to make well-reasoned, evidence-based arguments in an often polarized
    debate culture?
  • How can we forge sustainable partnerships within and across institutions?
  • How do we care for ourselves, our fellow educators, and our students in the difficult work of teaching and
  • How do we do this while holding our institutions accountable?
  • Where do we find hope and inspiration to sustain ourselves in the work of teaching, learning, and leading?


Session formats

Conference sessions are 75 minutes in length.

  • Workshop: In these highly interactive sessions, one or more presenters facilitate activities that encourage educators to practice, experiment, brainstorm, reflect, design, or otherwise interact together to grow and improve their practice.
  • Teaching demonstration: One or more educators model a lesson from their current teaching practice, engaging participants in the activities and reflecting on how such lessons might work in different contexts.
  • Roundtable discussion: These sessions feature 3-4 speakers and a moderator, with a discussion organized around a specific topic or question. After presenters speak, the moderator facilitates a discussion among presenters and audience members.
  • Individual presentation: 15-minute presentation on some aspect of one's teaching, research, and work in education. NOTE: Individual presentations will be grouped together by the conference planning committee and given a moderator to create a full 75-minute session.
  • Panel: A team of 2-4 educators present aspects of their teaching, research, and work in education organized around a shared topic or theme, engaging the audience in Q&A.
  • Performance: A presentation involving theater, music, reading, dance, or something else. This may also be participatory. The performance may take the entire session or may include opportunities for the audience and artist(s) to process in some way.

Proposals are due on Friday, March 1, 2019. Submit your proposal today!