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Spring 2015


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English 712: Writing and the Teaching of Writing

Mondays: February 9, March 2, March 23, April 13, May 11, June 1, 4 – 7 p.m. (6 meetings)

Monday – Friday: July 6 – 10, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. (5 meetings)

UMass Center at Springfield, Tower Square (tentative location)

Instructors: Anne Herrington and Bruce M. Penniman

This course is designed for K-16 writing teachers and all other teachers who use writing as a teaching tool.  It will focus on theoretical and practical questions related to the nature of writing process and the challenges of teaching writing, particularly in light of the new Common Core literacy standards.  The aim of the course will be to provide participants opportunities to reflect on their own literacy learning and teaching experiences, to explore composition theory and research, and to examine current issues in the teaching of writing.  Readings and research projects will focus on writing process and its linguistic, psychological, and socio-cultural underpinnings.  Concepts such as audience, voice, identity, and dialect – as well as practical matters such as teaching grammar, working with English Language Learners, and incorporating technology – will all be considered.  A key assumption of this course is that the best way to learn about writing is to write – in a variety of modes and for a range of purposes – and to reflect on the complex processes involved in that act.  Participants can expect to write regularly: low-stakes experiments in different genres, informal reading responses, reflections, a literacy self-study, and a well-documented research essay will all be part of the mix. Class meetings will include discussions, workshops, response groups, and informal presentations. 

The course carries 3 graduate credits (or 67.5 PDPs).  If taken for credit, it fulfills a core requirement for the WMWP Certificate in the Teaching of Writing, but it is open to all.  Limit: 16. WMWP registration fee: $225.  Register online at  You must pay the WMWP fee before registering for UMass graduate credit.  The CPE registration fee is $100 per credit plus $45 registration fee.  Thus the total cost to take the course for graduate credit is $225 + $345 = $570.  Books will cost an additional $50-75.  NOTE: Only those who have registered with WMWP will be authorized to enroll for credit.  Registration deadline: January 15, 2015.  Questions?  E-mail Bruce at

WMWP Leadership Meetings

Monday and Tuesdays, 4:15 to 6 p.m.: January 20, March 2, Five Colleges, Amherst; May 5, Wistariahurst Museum, Holyoke; and June 8, Five Colleges, Amherst.

WMWP leadership meetings—open to all WMWP teacher-consultants—are held for the purpose of reviewing ongoing programs, planning future programs, and discussing issues of importance to teachers, including the WMWP inquiry theme for the year: Rethinking and Reclaiming Assessment.  Teacher-consultants who attend five of the year’s seven meetings are eligible for 10 PDPs.