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  • Welcome to WMWP


    The Western Massachusetts Writing Project is a professional community of teachers. We are dedicated to providing a space for teachers to teach other teachers, as we all work towards improving student achievement and success. At WMWP, we offer a variety of programs and professional development, including a wide range of workshops and graduate courses, several summer institutes, two annual conferences, and youth writing programs. We hope to see you at our events!


Darnell Thigpen Williams at Best Practices 2021

November 03, 2021

Darnell Thigpen Williams is the Associate Director of Professional Development at the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services and the Collaborative for Educational Services. Darnell has worked...

Reflecting on Best Practices 2021

November 02, 2021

This past Saturday morning, the Western Massachusetts Writing Project hosted the 2021 Best Practices in the Teaching of Writing conference. Participants were brought together to consider the...

Momodou Sarr Receives Pat Hunter Award

November 02, 2021

Pat Hunter, one of the founding co-directors of the Western Massachusetts Writing Project and a professional development educator in the Springfield Public Schools, passed away in 1999. Her legacy...

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In Their Words

“I just love the Writing Project because I can get all of these ideas that I can bring into my classroom the next day. Even just being part of the Summer Institute, I’ve already used so many things from the summer in my classroom. It’s made such a huge difference. I don’t know, I just love the Writing Project.”

- Anthony Marando, Best Practices 2018


“[WMWP is] my professional home, which, as a teacher, is the place I always go to for resources, for ideas, for encouragement. And I really think it is a big part of why I’ve stayed in teaching; this is my twenty fourth year.”

- Alicia Lopez, Pat Hunter Award 2018


“I have never felt alone with the Western Mass. Writing Project. I love the fact that at the Western Mass. Writing Project we work together as teachers, as writers, as learners, and, because of that, it made me better.”

- Karen Diaz, Pat Hunter Award 2019