Welcome to the Western Massachusetts Writing Project!

WMWP is a local site of the National Writing Project, sponsored by the University of Massachusetts Amherst Department of English and College of Humanities and Fine Arts. WMWP provides professional development and literacy leadership programs by teachers for teachers. A growing number of educators in the region call WMWP their professional home.

WMWP is ...

... a professional community of teachers who value reflection and inquiry; who care about issues of race, gender, language, class, and culture; who come together to deepen our experience as writers, to share our knowledge and expertise, to transform our practice, to improve student learning, and to develop expertise and leadership. Click "Read more" to see a video about WMWP.

WMWP Youth Writing Workshop 2017

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Nearly one year ago, thanks to a wonderful community of generous supporters, creative teachers, and adventurous young writers, WMWP's Youth Writing Adventure 2016 saw many aspects of success. Some of the highlights include: 

~ 50 generous donors ~ $4000 raised ~ 130 students ~ 17 teachers  ~ 10 schools

WMWP Has Moved!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Along with the rest of the UMass English Department, WMWP has moved from its ancestral home in Bartlett Hall to the newly renovated and expanded South College, which is located next to the W.E.B. DuBois Library at the center of the campus. WMWP has two offices in the east wing of the building, which also has air-conditioned, technology-enabled classrooms, where future programs will be held.

WMWP Had a Busy Year in 2015-2016

WMWP by the Numbers
Wednesday, January 4, 2017

When all of the figures were added up for 2015-2016, they showed that WMWP had a very busy year.

As the infographic created by WMWP Outreach Co-Director Kevin Hodgson shows, in 68 different activities, WMWP engaged over 1,400 participants in over 14,000 hours of programming. To see a larger version of the infographic, click on the link below.)

Update: WMWP Receives Leadership Development Grant, Will Focus on Civics

Attention to civics needed
Wednesday, January 4, 2017

The article below was posted last August, when WMWP's Building New Pathways to Leadership team was in the midst of planning a variety of programs. Here's an update: After making a "pitch" for additional funding at the National Writing Project Annual Meeting in November, WMWP has received a new Gates Foundation-funded grant to develop an alternative pathway called Disciplinary Literacy Leadership. A central focus of the new grant will be to develop a civic engagement institute to be offered in summer 2017. Watch for news about this program. To see the complete WMWP pitch presentation, click here.