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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.

Katie Cady
Grade you teach:
Eighth grade Language Arts
School: St. Francis Middle School
Summer Institute Writing:
The Bracelet
Teaching Demonstration: Finding Voice within a Highly Structured Form

Reflections on teaching

How has your participation in the Summer Institute influenced your beliefs about the instruction of writing? Through the Summer Institute, I have had a chance to work on my own writing, consider my teaching, and refine my beliefs about the importance of writing in and out of the classroom. Most importantly, writing offers us a chance to grapple with our ideas. We start in one place, and end up often in a place we never expected. It is through writing that students are given the chance to explore their thinking and delve into a concept, belief, or idea. With this in mind, writing is relevant and critical to every grade, every subject, and every student.

Describe one “take-away” from the Summer Institute that you plan to share with your colleagues or implement in your classroom. Students should be writing daily, and they should be sharing what they write with others. This will give them the practice and the confidence to write more, hear and provide constructive feedback, and inevitably become better writers. When we all write and we all share, we are in a place where we can all improve as writers.

In what ways does writing positively impact your students? Writing allows students to explore their own thinking. It is through the writing process that students can work out and understand their thinking on a given subject. It allows them the time and space to arrive at a deeper understanding of their world.

What do students need in your school to become better writers?
Students need the time and space to write. This should be happening within AND beyond the language arts classroom. Students need to see teachers model their writing process. They also need exposure and access to a wide range of high quality mentor texts.

What is a resource on writing or the teaching of writing (book, article, website, other PD) that you would recommend (and why)?
Two Writing Teachers: A Meeting Place for a World of Reflective Writers. This is a blog for teachers of writing. It includes tons of research, strategies, best practices, and ways to stay connected with your own writing. Also, anything by Kelly Gallagher or Nancie Atwell cannot be recommended enough.


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.

Click here to see the 2018 Scholastic Writing Award winners!





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