The mission of the Shenandoah Valley Writing Project is to improve both writing instruction and the use of writing as a tool to enhance learning in all content areas, preK-university.
We strive to elevate teachers to teacher-leaders and to raise the professional stature of classroom teachers. We also support and enhance the literacy of our surrounding area through programs for both young writers and adults in addition to our work with practicing educators. Learn more about the Shenandoah Valley Writing Project.
Join us on Saturday, April 18, 2020, for our Spring Writers’ Workshop at Shenandoah University’s Henkel Hall in Winchester, VA. We are excited to welcome back author Candace Fleming and her illustration partner, Eric Rohmann. For the first time, we will have workshops in the afternoon for young writers in grades 2-3 in addition to grades 4-7 and 8-12. We are also welcoming teachers of all grade levels who want to join us! Teachers who bring at least five students may attend at no cost.
Our workshop will run from 10 am until 2 pm.
Participants should bring a packed lunch and drink with them. All students will receive a notebook and pen at registration.
Discounted registration of $60 must be purchased by Friday, April 3 (this is TWO weeks before the workshop). Late registration through the day of the event is $75.
The central work of the project lies in the Intensive Writing Workshop where teachers closely examine and share their classroom practice. Teachers also write throughout the institute since their authority as teachers of writing must be grounded in their own personal experience as writers, persons who know first-hand the struggles and satisfactions of the writer’s task.
The teacher leaders of the project site also offer workshops, which can result in professional development points or courses which carry graduate credit. Programs for schools and districts are also developed to meet the shared literacy goals of the service area. Contact the Shenandoah Valley Writing Project.
Our young writers program, Project Write, serves students in grades 4-12 through both a summer workshop and daylong programs during the school year.
The SVWP follows the model of the National Writing Project begun in 1974 by Jim Gray on the campus of University of California at Berkeley. The model has been replicated at over 200 university based project sites and is the oldest professional development program in America. Studies have shown that the model has been successfully taken to scale without loss in quality or outcomes.
The Shenandoah Valley Writing Project is confirmation of the vision of the first director at USC Berkeley, Jim Gray. When teachers teach each other what they gain from “the wisdom of practice,” students and communities benefit.