The University of Massachusetts Amherst

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.

2021 Free, Online Holocaust Education Seminar

Monday, April 5, 2021

The Western Massachusetts Writing Project and UMass Amherst are happy to announce that the The Olga Lengyel Institute (TOLI) satellite seminar based at UMass Amherst will resume this summer. The institute will meet in a virtual space for two weeks on a half-day schedule. It will include new workshops and a second week focused on social justice and participatory action projects with students.

Join the WMWP Virtual Writing Group

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

WMWP TCs Mary Cowhey and Bruce Penniman revived WMWP's tradition of monthly Saturday morning Teachers as Writers workshops earlier this year, only to have the program disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic. However, teacher-writers are now meeting online every two weeks, and new members are welcome. The next scheduled session is Saturday, May 16.

The group convenes at 9:30 for a check-in and some optional prompts, then goes off to write for an hour or so, then meets again at 11 for sharing and feedback. 


WMWP Tech Tutorial: Google Classroom in the Time of Shutdowns

Monday, March 16, 2020

Hello WMWP colleagues

We all understand we are all now working and learning in stressful times and the WMWP wants to help you as best as we can, particularly if you are being asked to do remote  or distant learning by your school district. As a first step, WMWP Technology Team has put together some resources to make it easy for you to set up Google Classroom spaces for students.


Chalk Talk: erin feldman on Mindfulness

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

WMWP Teacher Consultant erin feldman explores the ideas of Mindfulness in the classroom in the latest Chalk Talk column in the Daily Hampshire Gazette. Read erin's piece -- entitled Being With What Is -- and consider how you might incorporate Mindfulness into your own situation. Chalk Talk is a montly column in the Gazette's Learning section that aims to give voice to educators.