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The National Writing Project is the premier effort to improve writing in America. It began at the University of California at Berkeley in 1974 and now has over 200 sites around the country, including the Southern Maine Writing Project at the University of Southern Maine, now in its 9th year. The Writing Project fosters an interdisciplinary community and support system of teachers, administrators, and specialists from all grade levels and content areas, K‑University. More >
Writing by the Sea: A Writing Retreat for Writers and Writing Teachers (August 4-6, 2015)
Join the Southern Maine Writing Project for an explorative and creative journey to one of Maine’s secret treasures, Burnt Island. One mile from Boothbay Harbor, this five-acre space is a stunning natural sanctuary where it’s easy to forget the toils of your daily routine and conjure up your creative and collaborative self. While surrounded by the spectacular sights and sounds of mid-Maine’s rocky coast, writers and writing teachers will be treated to the supreme luxury: time and space to compose. During this three-day, two-night getaway, participants will:
TC Publishes Children's Book
TC Alisha Goldblatt recently published Finding a Way, a children's book about her son's rare chromosomal abnormality. It's a story from which readers of any age can take something. Here's a quick blurb from the Maine Author's Publishing page: "Finding a Way is the story of a little boy who moves thorough the world differently than other children. He walks a little differently. He speaks a little differently. He eats a little differently (okay, a lot differently). But Zev loves in the same way as everyone else. Zev was born with a rare chromosomal disorder that even doctors don’t understand. Learn about the mysterious ingredients that make us who we are, and discover how one family finds that being unique is beautiful." The book is listed on the Maine Author's Publishing site or on Amazon.
Though this is her first children’s book, Alisha, an English teacher at Greely Middle School, often writes poetry and essays, including "Ethical Considerations Must Be Part of Education in Digital Citizenship,” an opinion piece about digital citizenship in the Portland Press Herald.
Alisha participated in the Invitational Summer and Fall Institute in 2013 and has coached Institute Fellows for the past two years.
SMWP is one of the National Writing Projects of Maine
Young Writers Thrive in SMWP's Young Authors Camps
by Leah Siviski
What better way to spend a summer morning than sitting hunched over a composition notebook, thoughts whirling, pencil poised for brilliance? Dozens of school-aged kids in Southern Maine would say “Nothing’s better than that!” Those kids who attended SMWP’s Young Authors Camps spent many rich hours of summer exploring their imaginations and creativity with activities such as paint chip poetry, writing marathons, six-word memoirs, write around the room, and much, much more! Corinne Bevans, a rising seventh grader who attended the Yarmouth YAC, encapsulated her experience in this six-word memoir: “A marathon of inspiration to write.” Ahhhhhh...happy summer!