The National Writing Project at Kent State University (NWP-KSU) has been a National Writing Project site since 1997. NWP-KSU is committed to improving teaching and learning in Northeast Ohio through teacher leadership and professional development.
With NWP-KSU, teachers of all subjects and grade levels can:
Kernels of Wisdom: Growing Writers
A Narrative Writing Workshop for K-12 Teachers
Date: Saturday, November 7
Place: Virtual via Zoom
Time: 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. Workshop
Plus Power of the Pen Judge Training
from 11:40 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Contact Hours: 2.5
Jean Kanzinger, Chagrin Falls High School English & Communications Teacher
Join Power of the Pen and the National Writing Project at Kent State University for a morning of highly engaging sessions on bringing out the best in students’ narrative writing.
Jean Kanzinger’s keynote will highlight “growing writers” by examining story structure, ways to generate ideas for narratives, and writing in and out of the classroom. Teacher consultants Jeff Harr and Katie Kerns will lead additional sessions focused on compelling beginnings and endings and zooming in on small moments.
Beginning at 11:40 a.m., new Power of the Pen coaches and judges may stay on Zoom for a judge training session.
Kernels of Wisdom: Growing Writers is ideal for anyone looking for fresh ideas for inspiring student writers, and perfect for Power of the Pen coaches. Download the flyer and share it with colleagues.
The cost is $12 per participant. Register online through November 4, email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
From the National Writing Project:
Write Out October 11-25
Starting Oct 11 and running for two weeks, the National Writing Project and the National Park Service will once again host Write Out (#writeout), a free online celebration of writing and the simple pleasures of being outside—all gathered by a hashtag!
This year’s Write Out features ideas for connecting classroom learning and the out-of-doors under the National Park Service theme of "Stories Around the Campfire," including online writing prompt “visits” by Park Rangers, storytelling events for a range of age levels, resources for how to run a classroom-based writing marathon, and more.
Keep in mind that Write Out also bookends the National Day of Writing on October 20th. Sign up today for the resource-packed newsletter to get updates and curricular resources to bring Write Out to your classroom, park, community, or school yard.
National Day on Writing October 20:
Virtual Writing Marathon
Celebrate the National Day on Writing on Tuesday, October 20, 2020, with a Virtual Writing Marathon! Writing Marathons inspire writing based on place. This year, be inspired to write by virtually exploring locations in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. We’ve provided everything you need to take a writing walk in the woods. Instructions for conducting a writing marathon are included:
National Day on Writing Virtual Writing Marathon
The writing marathon will be available on the website through the end of October.
Write Where You Are Poetry Contest
Ohio students in grades K-12 are invited to enter our poetry contest, which runs from October 5, 2020, through January 31, 2021. We encourage students to submit poetry of all forms to the theme of "Write Where You Are." Students may write a poem about a place that holds special meaning to them: a bus stop, a corner in a classroom, a moonlit groove beneath the stars. We highly encourage students (if they can) to revisit these places of meaning and compose some of their verses surrounded by the place that inspires them.
Poetry should not exceed ONE page of typed, 12 pt. font text. Poetry should be original and written by an Ohio student. Students must submit to their appropriate grade category:
K-2, 3-5, 6-8. or 9-12. Students should visit the "For Students" page with a parent or teacher to submit a poem.
Dr. Alexa Sandmann Retires
In August, Dr. Alexa Sandmann retired as Director of the National Writing Project at Kent State University. Dr. Lori Wilfong, associate professor at KSU Stark Campus, is our new director., Read reflections from Deb DeBenedictis about Alexa's impact on NWP-KSU teachers.