WMWP News

This page includes occasional articles about WMWP initiatives and programs, as well as the work of WMWP Teacher-Consultants. To submit an item for the page, e-mail wmwp@english.umass.edu or use the online form on the Contact page.

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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.

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.

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.)

Springfield Armory Camp Engages Students with History

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Even though school was out, Springfield middle school students kept learning and having fun through a unique program at the Springfield Armory National Historic Site in June. A partnership of the Western Massachusetts Writing Project (WMWP), the Springfield Armory, and the Veterans Education Project (VEP) provided students with an exciting and enriching program, “History Alive: Writing Springfield Then and Now.” Students were given the opportunity to learn about the history of the Armory and its importance to Springfield and our country, to build their writing skills, and to create multimedia presentations to share their learning.  

Summer Institute Particpants Will Stay Involved

Summer Institute participants contemplate a skull during a workshop.
Friday, July 15, 2016

The 2016 Summer Leadership Institute concluded on Friday, July 15, with 12 enthusiastic participants vowing to stay involved in WMWP activities.

Teachers in the 2016 institute were Dana Babcock, Samantha Briggs, Gina D'Allessandro, Maegan Davis, Caitlin Farmer, erin feldman, Margaret Kelleher, Maria McSorley, Stephanie Singleton, Jenny Speck-Sherson, Zevey Steinitz, and Vesna Todd. They came from schools as far west as Becket and as far east as Sturbridge, and they work at a variety of levels, from Pre-K to college.