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2018 Young Authors Camps

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

View Young Authors Camp Video

Where young writers…

…create…think…write…make new friends…and have fun!

~ develop writing with experienced teacher-consultants of the Maine Writing Project ~

celebrate and share their writing in a relaxed atmosphere with peers and writing project mentors,

Register Online for any camp.

Please download and read the following forms before registration:

2017 Camp Line-up: Scroll down for details

  • July 9-13: Orono (3-12), Benton (1-12)
  • July 16-20:  Augusta (6-12)
  • July 23-July 27: Bar Harbor (3-5), Mount Desert Island (8-10)
  • TBA: Blue Hill (5-8)

Orono: University of Maine, Orono

Orono YAC flyer 2018

  • July 9 – 13 for those entering Grades 3-12.  8:30 am to 12 noon.
  • Price: $150 per camper.
  • Early registration discount: $135 if paid by June 1st.
  • Fee includes morning snack, T-shirt, group picture, certificate of achievement and publication in our young writers summer anthology.
  • No refund for cancellations after June 19th.
  • Download Orono camp brochure.

Benton Elementary School, Benton

Benton YAC flyer 2018

  • July 9 – 13 for those entering Grades 1-12.  8:30 am to 12 noon.
  • Price: TBA
  • Fee includes breakfast & lunch, T-shirt, certificate of achievement, and publication in the Benton young writers anthology.
  • No refund for cancellations after June 19th.
  • Download Benton camp brochure.

Augusta: University of Maine, Augusta

UMA YAC flyer 2018

  • July 16 – 20 for those entering Grades 6-12.  8:30 am to 12 noon.
  • Price: $150 per camper.
  • Early registration discount: $135 if paid by June 1st.
  • Fee includes morning snack, T-shirt, group picture, certificate of achievement and publication in our young writers summer anthology.
  • This camp is specially designed for middle and high school age campers!
  • No refund for cancellations after June 26th.
  • Download Augusta camp brochure.

Bar Harbor: Conners Emerson School, Bar Harbor

Summer Festival Young Authors Camp 2018

  • Sponsored in conjunction with Summer Festival of the Arts
  • July 23 – 27 for those entering Grades 3-5 ~ 9:00 am to 11:30 am.
  • Fee includes T-shirt, group picture, certificate of achievement and publication in our young writers summer anthology.
  • For more information visit Young Authors Camp at SFOA.
    • If you are interested in our young authors camp only, please register here.
    • If your camper is participating in regular SFOA programming, please register directly with the Summer Festival of Arts.

MDI: Camp Beech Cliff, Mt Desert Island

  • July 23 – July 27 for those entering Grades 8-10.  9:30 am to 12 noon.
  • Register directly with Camp Beech Cliff.
  • Fee includes group picture, certificate of achievement and publication in our young writers summer anthology.
  • Visit www.campbeechcliff.org for more information.

Blue Hill Public Library, Blue Hill

Blue Hill YAC flyer 2018

  • Dates TBA for those entering Grades 5-8.  9:00 am to 12 noon.
  • Price: $140 per camper.
  • Early registration discount: $125 if paid by June 1st.
  • Fee includes T-shirt, group picture, certificate of achievement and publication in our young writers summer anthology.
  • No refund for cancellations after July 17th.
  • Download Blue Hill camp brochure.

For more information, contact Maryia LaBree at Maryia.nezol@maine.edu.

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For other YAC locations in Southern Maine please visit the Southern Maine Writing Project.


 

Writing Ourselves: A Marathon Event!

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018


Writing walk
Don’t miss our annual rite to celebrate writing:

Dear Maine Writing Project colleagues and friends,

We’re bringing the 10th Annual Writing Ourselves to Bangor on Saturday, April 7th. Over the years, we’ve hosted this event as a day for TCs to come together and just write.

This year, we hope you will join us for a writing workshop conducted by Gary Lawless. Lawless, winner of the Maine Humanities Council’s Constance H. Carlson Public Humanities Prize, is a poet and activist known for his work with communities of people whose voices aren’t often heard. “He is bringing poetry to Mainers who just would not otherwise have poetry in their day-to-day lives,” Hayden Anderson of the MHC says. “If there’s anyone out there day in and day out, year in and year out, working to bring poetry to every single Mainer, Gary is the guy.”

In this workshop session, Lawless will talk about his writing life and how he’s come to share that passion and a sense of activism with new and recent Mainers so that they can find and express their voices. He will guide participants through some of the same processes, activities, prompts, and writing rituals that he uses to help people find and express their voice through poetry.

In the afternoon, the 2018 Fellows will attend orientation. We encourage TCs to join us for a writing marathon, or to take time for their own writing life or to visit with MWP friends.

Here are the details:

Writing Ourselves

With Gary Lawless

Gary will conduct a two-hour writing workshop titled

“Activism & Artistry: Using Poetry to Help People Find Their Voice”

 

John Bapst High School

100 Broadway

Bangor, Maine

Saturday, April 7th, 2018

See Writing Ourselves Invitation 2018 for schedule and other details.

RSVP by March 23rd at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BMJLKWS

Space Limited

 

 

2018 Raise Your Voice Workshops

Monday, April 10th, 2017

The Maine Writing Project and Maine Public Broadcasting are offering a new opportunity this summer for young people who have ideas they want to share: Raise Your Voice Workshops are free, two-week, summer writing experiences for high school students.

This free program will take place from July 24 through August 4 at three separate locations:

  • University of Maine, Orono
  • Thomas College in Waterville
  • Baxter Academy for Science and Technology in Portland

Each day runs from 8:30 a.m. to noon with a mix of time to write, explore new ideas, and try out new writing techniques. A great team of MWP teacher-consultants will lead each camp. Join us and connect with other young people who enjoy writing and have their own ideas on how to make the world a better place!

Online Registration:
Young people entering grades 9-12 can apply to join this friendly, dynamic environment by completing the Raise Your Voice Workshops online application.

2018 MWP Summer Writing Retreat

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

Description: The idea for a summer writing retreat originated with members that wanted time for writing, sharing, and conferencing among themselves with just enough structure to foster productivity. Some want support for their individual intentions for publication, but your personal writing objective is welcome here. No formal workshops or presenters are planned, although optional guest presenters may be scheduled.

Who is eligible: Maine Writing Project teacher-consultants. Your writing will be welcomed and supported by experienced, like-minded members of the writing project.

Dates:
July 9-13, 2018 (Monday noon – Friday noon) on the UMaine campus

  • Monday afternoon writing marathon, welcome dinner and opening activity;
  • Tuesday-Wednesday, 8:30-4:00 with optional evening activities;
  • Thursday, 8:30-4:00 Promising Practices Conference
  • Friday, 8:30-noon

Fee: $350 fee paid to MWP

Credit: 30 Contact hours

Program: writing and sharing writing, inspiring activities with MWP colleagues, attendance at Promising Practices Conference, opportunity for Maine Writes publication.

Other:

  • registration includes Monday welcome light lunch and dinner, breakfast & lunch Tuesday-Friday, enough snacks to keep you energized each day!
  • some University housing is available for the week.
  • Optional guest presenters may be planned.

Facilitators:
TC organizing committee: Amy Philbrook ’12, Barbara Keene ‘13, Kristina Clements ‘14

Registration Deadline: May 16th, 2018

Register online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VYFB556

Promising Practices Conference Showcase

Friday, July 22nd, 2016
2016 Prom Pract

2016 Promising Practices attendees gathering for a conference opening moment.

On July 14th, over forty UMaine educators and Maine Writing Project members gathered at the Donald P. Corbett Hall on the University of Maine campus. MWP 2016 Institute Fellows were the centerpiece of this one-day conference presenting teaching workshops on a wide variety of topics, including Helping Students Discover Stories Using Pictures, Getting to the Essence of Similarity and Difference with Poems for Two Voices, and Writing as a Window to Literacy Acquisition.

2016 Prom Pract keynote

Monica Yepez (R), 2016 Promising Practices presenter on the Education Revolution in Ecuador, gathers letters of encouragement and advice to take to educators in her home country.

This year, the conference opened with a keynote address by Monica Yepez from Quito, Ecuador. Monica spoke on “The Education Revolution in Ecuador.” She detailed recent reforms in education in Ecuador and the challenges her country is experiencing in implementing more progressive approaches to the teaching of writing. Participants discussed the question of how teachers may reinvent themselves in the face of reforms and concluded by writing letters of encouragement and advice which Monica will take back to teachers in her own country.

Along with the practical demonstrations, Writing Project participants caught up with old friends who came to support fellow teachers as writers and presenters. The day included lots of time for reflection and writing. Participants were treated to door prizes and lots of great food. Promising Practices is a yearly professional development event sponsored by the Maine Writing Project.

MWP Welcomes Class of 2016 Teacher-Consultants

Thursday, July 21st, 2016
2016 SI Fellows

2016 Summer Institute Fellows, Mentors, and Co-Directors.

The 2016 Annual Institute of the Maine Writing Project concluded with the seven-day Institute on Teacher Leadership held on the Orono campus July 6-15.  Seven Fellows completed the online Introduction to the National Writing Project during the UMaine spring semester and became teacher-consultants by completing the July institute.

Highlights of this year’s institute included a visit from local children’s author Ellen Potter, a morning writing and sharing with writers from grades 3-12 at the Orono Young Authors Camp, and our new teacher-consultants demonstrating their teaching practices at our Promising Practices Conference on July 14th.

An Advanced Institute in Teacher Leadership welcomed back four teacher-consultants from previous years.  These experienced MWP teacher leaders mentored the new Fellows along with completing their own writing and investigation of teacher leadership.

2016 MWP Summer Writing Retreat

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

Description: The idea for a summer writing retreat originated with members that wanted time for writing, sharing, and conferencing amongst themselves with just enough structure to foster productivity. Some want support for their individual intentions for publication, but your personal writing objective is welcome here. No formal workshops or presenters are planned.

Who is eligible: Maine Writing Project teacher-consultants. Your writing will be welcomed and supported by experienced, like-minded members of the writing project.

Dates:
July 11-15, 2016 (Monday afternoon – Friday noontime) on the UMaine campus

  • Monday afternoon writing marathon (optional), welcome dinner and opening activity;
  • Tuesday-Wednesday, 8:30-4:00 with optional evening activities;
  • Thursday, 8:30-4:00 Promising Practices Conference
  • Friday, 8:30-noon

Option 1: Writing retreat
$340 fee paid to MWP
30 Contact hours
Writing, sharing, and conferencing; attendance at Promising Practices Conference; opportunity for Maine Writes publication.

Option 2: ERL 590-0004
3 credit graduate course
Regular tuition and fees.
Includes pre- and post-institute work.

Other:
Registration includes Monday welcome dinner, lunch Tuesday-Friday, enough snacks to keep you energized each day!
Some University housing is available for the week.

Facilitators:
Ken Martin, MWP site director
TC organizing committee: Amy Philbrook ’12, Barbara Keene ‘13, Kristina Clements ‘14

Registration Deadline: May 15th, 2016

To Register: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Z8ZPZ6K

October Newsletter

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

Lots of good things are happening at MWP.

> Fall conference on Friday, November 13th.
> Maine Writes 2016 Call for submissions.
> Something new ~ “Your Daily Write” ~ coming soon to support your writing habit and connect you with other writing TCs.
> The 2016 MWP Institute program…Now enrolling new fellows!

See our October Newsletter for details!

2015 Wilhelm Fellows Announced

Monday, July 20th, 2015

We are pleased to announce two new recipients of the Jeffrey D. Wilhelm Award for 2015: Katy Jones and Todd McKinley.

2015 Wilhelm Fellows

(L to R) Institute co-director Edith Berger congratulates Wilhelm Fellows Katy Jones and Todd McKinley with MWP site director Ken Martin

Katy Jones currently enjoys the “thrill” of teaching Reading and English for 8th graders at Winslow Junior High School. Besides loving to read and write with kids, Katy likes to bake, write letters to friends, read young adult fiction, workout, and travel with her husband. She believes in the power of cookies and storytelling, and she enjoys finding new ways to keep kids interested in her content. Katy is also dedicated to integrating technology in education. During the Institute, she demonstrated how she teaches the research process and informational writing with Google Apps. She describes herself as “tech-persistent,” instead of tech-savvy. Katy is “excited” to be a part of the Maine Writing Project and is looking forward to working with other members for many years to come.

Todd McKinley has taught 8th grade at Leonard Middle School in Old Town since 2000.  He is active in middle level education, serving as a consultant for the Middle Level Education Institute and presenting at the Maine Association for Middle Level Education’s annual conference.  Todd has a passion for writing — for himself and with and beside his students. He considers the act of writing like exercise: committing time each day feeds the soul and raises his well-being.  Although he mainly writes poetry, he experiments with short stories, taking inspiration from experiences shared by family and friends. He has received awards in local contests and participated as a judge for a young writers’ contest.

Todd also believes in the power of live performance — through music, drama, and  the spoken word. He has directed middle school productions for ten years, and most recently, he has served as a judge for the regional finals of the Poetry Out Loud competitions. Todd also acts in local productions and sings with Black Bear Men’s Chorus and Ursa Minor, an a cappella group. Todd lives with wife and daughter in Old Town along the Stillwater River where seasonal views often inspire his writing.

The Wilhelm Fellow recognizes inspired participation in the annual institute of the Maine Writing Project as determined by a vote of participants in the institute. The award was established in celebration of the contributions made to the Maine Writing Project and the educational community of Maine by our former site director, Jeffrey D. Wilhelm. Recent recipients include Teri Brown ’09, Susan Sandler ’09, Patsy Baldus ’10, and Pete St. John ’11, Amy Philbrook ’12, and David Farady ’13.

MWP News: Science Around ME launched!

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

Jay at science festivalScience Around ME launched this past weekend at the Maine Science Festival in Bangor. Pictured here, project director Jay Meigs-McDonald greeted visitors to the festival and handed out more than 500 wallet-sized cards with the app logo and QR code.

Science Around ME is an app that was developed right here in Maine by MWP and the Maine Discovery Museum to highlight the science that is all around us and to invite users to write in response to the science at various local settings. The Penobscot River is our first app location and features birds, fish, the challenge to water quality, and our lumbering history.

While the android version of Science Around ME is available in Google Play, it will be a couple of weeks before it is available on the Apple app store. So stay tuned for when that happens!