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November 2016
Invitational Summer Institute Offered
at Five Sites in 2017
     The National Writing Project at KSU is proud to announce dates for five satellite Invitational Summer Institute (ISI) sites for the summer of 2017. We have partnered with various school districts and educational service centers to bring NWP's message right to Northeast Ohio teachers:
     Building on the successful models of 2016, we have found that these school-based sites continue to thrive long after the ISI ends. For example, the teachers from Wooster City Schools continue to meet and share ideas with each other and new colleagues, even after the the ISI ended and the school year began.
     Lori Wilfong will continue to serve as instructor of record for all sites. Each site will also have a local leader to drive recruitment and provide leadership during the ISI:
  • Site 1 - Jeff Harr and Alexa Sandmann
  • Site 2 - Lisa Plas
  • Site 3 - Nikki Matthias
  • Site 4 - Nicole Hackman
  • Site 5 - Mike Sexton
     Please share all site information with colleagues - and consider joining a local site yourself to refresh your own ISI memories!  Participation costs are again tiered to meet the needs of Northeast Ohio teachers:
  • Workshop only - $900
  • Workshop plus 3 graduate workshop credit hours (S/U grading) - $1,350
  • Master's or Doctoral level class - Teaching Writing as a Process - $1,485 (subject to KSU Board of Regents)
Register by February 15, 2017! Please email questions to Lori Wilfong, Visit the NWP-KSU website for more information on our programs for educators.
Mahoning Valley Book Club
Time: 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Place: Stonebridge Grill & Tavern (next to Handel's) on Rt. 224,
1497 Boardman-Canfield Rd.

Monday, November 7: Because We Say So
by Noam Chomsky

"Because We Say So presents more than thirty concise, forceful commentaries on U.S. politics and global power. Written between 2011 and 2015, Noam Chomsky's arguments forge a persuasive counter-narrative to official accounts of U.S. politics and policies during global crisis. Find here classic Chomsky on the increasing urgency of climate change, the ongoing impact of Edward Snowden's whistleblowing, nuclear politics, cyberwar, terrorism, Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, Israel, and the Middle East, security and state power, as well as deeper reflections on the Obama doctrine, political philosophy, and the Magna Carta." ~

We also will finish any discussion from our October book, Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan.

Monday, December 5: Towers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Monday, January 9, 2017: Bring your ideas to the next three meetings!

Riverside Book Club

Wednesday, November 9
Time: 6:15 p.m.
Location: TBD
Book Pick: America's First Daughter
by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie
    "In a compelling, richly researched novel that draws from thousands of letters and original sources, bestselling authors Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie tell the fascinating, untold story of Thomas Jefferson's eldest daughter, Martha "Patsy" Jefferson Randolph--a woman who kept the secrets of our most enigmatic founding father and shaped an American legacy." ~

Send an email to if you would like help getting a book club started in your area.
NWP-KSU Leaders to Share Strategies
at National Writing Project Annual Meeting
     The National Writing Project’s Annual Meeting will be held in Atlanta, Georgia, on November 17, 2016. The Annual Meeting is a time to join together with NWP TCs and leaders from across the country; a time to reconnect with old NWP colleagues and meet new; a time to collaborate with peers and gather new ideas.
     Attendees at NWP Annual Meeting have the opportunity to choose three sessions from 40+ sessions. These sessions set the stage for interesting and informative conversations throughout the day and are led by NWP leaders from around the country.  NWP-KSU’s Director, Dr. Alexa Sandmann, and Co-Director, Dr. Lori Wilfong, will be among those leaders as they share strategies that made our 2016 NWP-KSU Invitational Summer Institute a success at the session titled Adaptations/Innovations to the Invitational Institute.
     As well as inspiring conversations and learning throughout the day, the plenary and luncheon provide a time for all Writing Project Colleagues to meet as one.  NWP Colleagues from across the country gather in one room; a room immersed with collegiality and a dedication to the ideals of NWP.
     At this year’s plenary, NWP’s executive Director Elyse Eidman-Aadal will lead the event with the state of the NWP network. In addition, the plenary will feature poets from the National Student Poets Program sharing their original work and speaking about the power and place of poetry. The Annual Meeting plenary ends with writing. Silence descends upon the meeting hall as hundreds of educators bend their heads over notebooks and write—a powerful way to end the plenary.
     Visit the National Writing Project website for more information about the conference.
Save the Date
for Write Here! Write Now!
Theme: Literary Connections: Strategies for Engaging Learning
Date: June 15, 2017
Place: Kent State University's Main Campus
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Danielle Gruhler
An educator participates in the Writing Marathon at the 2016 Write Here! Write Now! conference.
Dr. Danielle Gruhler will be the keynote speaker at the 2017 Write Here! Write Now! conference. Photo from the Kent State University website.
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