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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."

Summer Youth Camps

Registration is open! Find out more.

2019 NWP Midwest Conference

MWP is hosting the NWP Midwest Conference in August 2019! Click here for details and to submit a proposal!

2019 Summer Institute

We are now accepting applications for this summer's writing institute. Application review will begin in late March, and applicants will be notified by mid-April.

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.

Jacob Juliar
Grade you teach:
7th grade
School: Valley View Middle School, Bloomington
Summer Institute Writing:
What Does a Seventh Grader Know?
Teaching Demonstration: Little Roja Riding Hood: Using Non-English Words in Writing

Reflections on teaching

How has your participation in the Summer Institute influenced your beliefs about the instruction of writing? A math teacher in the Institute encouraged us to think about how we can integrate math writing into our Language Arts classrooms. My seventh grade students write in a daily journal at the start of every class, and during the next year I'm going to work with the seventh grade math teachers to see how to best combine writing and math into our daily journal.

In what ways does writing positively impact your students? Many of the students in our school have experienced trauma, and by building trust and relationships throughout the year, our students have found a space to experiment with using writing to work through some important ideas they think about in their daily lives.

What do students need in your school to become better writers? They need to read poetry written in the last 20 years. They need to read pieces written by people who talk and live like they do in the 21st century.

What is a resource on writing or the teaching of writing (book, article, website, other PD) that you would recommend? The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop.




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




The Minnesota Writing Project is an official site of the National Writing Project and is housed in the Center for Writing, College of Liberal Arts, and the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.

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