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Workshops & in-services

National Writing Project professional development engages and energizes teachers while improving students' experience with writing. Research confirms the positive impacts of NWP professional development for teachers and students.

As the Minnesota site of the NWP, we believe that teachers are valuable sources of information for each other, both in the classroom and in leadership positions. The Minnesota Writing Project draws on teachers' knowledge, passion, and experience to provide hands-on, innovative professional development relevant to today's educational contexts. We provide unique professional development that is tailored to schools and their students, as well as offering workshops such as those listed below.

In addition, we are available to confer with schools and districts to assess schools' needs and develop progamming to meet those needs.

2019-20 MWP Workshop Series

The Minnesota Writing Project’s 2019–20 Workshop Series features four events for teachers from all content areas, grades, and levels of experience to think and learn together with expert educators. We will share a variety of perspectives from research and practicing teachers for your consideration, and offer a space to dialogue about the work involved in taking up various aspects of teaching. Register now! Each event comes with 3 CEUs.

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Register now!


All events are located at the Robert J. Jones Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC)
2001 Plymouth Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55411


$30 per individual date
$80 for all four dates

Saturday, October 12: Creating and Using Meaningful Formative Assessment
Facilitated by Dan Emery, Assistant Director of Writing Across the Curriculum at the University of Minnesota
Saturday, February 8: Racialized Trauma in the Classroom
Facilitated by Justin Grinage, Assistant Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Saturday, March 7: Supporting English Learners in Mainstream Classrooms
Facilitated by Jess Emery, ESL Teacher and Co-Teacher at Henry Sibley High School
Saturday, April 18: Creating and Supporting Meaningful Group Work
Facilitated by Gaoly Her, Math Teacher at Champlin Park High School, and Adam Koehler, ELA Teacher at Great River School


A sampling of MWP workshop topics

  • College/Citizen Ready Writers Program: Preparing student writers for college, career, and community
  • Developing culturally relevant writing pedagogy
  • Designing effective and authentic writing assignments
  • Implementing Connected Learning principles to support authentic writing assignments
  • Promoting writing in the content areas
  • Supporting English Language Learners as writers
  • Exploring the benefits, challenges, and practical implementations of digital/multimodal writing
  • Integrating art in the teaching of writing—or vice versa!
  • Fostering a writing community and facilitating classroom writers’ workshops
  • Embedding mechanics in writing instruction
  • Building students’ revision toolkits
  • Building formative and summative writing assessments
  • Preparing students for formal writing assessments
  • Implementing digital tools in writing pedagogy
  • Providing meaningful feedback for writers


Schools and school districts may contract with the Minnesota Writing Project for workshops. These workshop sessions are customized to meet needs and interests, including specific grade levels, demographics, and teaching backgrounds.  All sessions include writing and are interactive. Go here to see descriptions of workshop sessions.

Site-Based Consultations

Schools and school districts may purchase the services of MWP to

  • assist in developing or evaluating district or building literacy programs
  • support the development and facilitation of large-scale writing assessments
  • establish study groups on literacy topics


For more information about our in-services and how we can tailor them to meet the needs of your school and staff, please contact