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.

Seeking Co-Director Applicants

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Dear colleagues,

Each spring, WMWP seeks two new co-directors to serve on its leadership team. This year, the three-year terms of Outreach Co-Director Kevin Hodgson and Language, Culture, and Diversity Co-Director Momodou Sarr are ending, and we are inviting applications for those positions for the next three-year term, 2019-2022.


Scenes from the Springfield Armory Summer Camp

Exploring the Armory
Sunday, June 30, 2019

The last week of June marked the sixth year of a free week-long summer writing and history camp for Springfield students (middle and high school) at the Springfield Armory Historic Site. The camp -- a long-standing partnership between WMWP and the Springfield Armory and the Duggan School -- featured writing with inquiry and history and a sense of place.

At the camp this summer, the middle and high school participants: