2010 Writing Eastern Kentucky Conference set for Sept. 11

MOREHEAD, Ky.---The Morehead Writing Project will host the 2010 Writing Eastern Kentucky Conference in conjunction with the 2010 Kentucky Writing Project State Conference on the campus of Morehead State University, Saturday, Sept. 11.

The conference will provide sessions for both writers and teachers from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Adron Doran University Center. The featured presenter will be the 2010 Chaffin Award winner Ann Pancake The West Virginia native is an award-winning writer of fiction and essays. Sessions for writers also will be offered by novelist Annie Jones, poet George Eklund, storyteller Carolyn Franzini, fiction writer Chris Holbrook, creative nonfiction writer Carrie Coaplen and many others. In addition to the writing workshops, educators will be able to attend sessions about technology and literacy, content area literacy, writing plan implementation, and the new core standards as well as earn professional development credit.

Advance register by Sept. 7 for $85. Registration information is available by visiting MWP’s Web site at http://moreheadwritingproject.org; or by calling MWP at (606) 783-2426.

The event is sponsored by the Buckner and Sally S. Hinkle Endowment for Humanities, Caudill College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and MSU’s Arts and Humanities Council.

Founded in 1986, the Morehead Writing Project (MWP) has worked to increase student writing achievement by improving the teaching of writing in East Kentucky schools for more than two decades. A federally-and state-funded professional development program, MWP’s mission is to help East Kentucky public school teachers become better writers and writing teachers. MWP provides year-round contracted and grant funded outreach programs and teacher training to schools in MSU’s 22-county service region.

All MWP programs align with Kentucky Core Content and Program of Studies curricula and the Kentucky Professional Development Standards. As a National Writing Project affiliate, MWP qualifies as an exemplary professional development provider by No Child Left Behind regulations. The National Writing Project (NWP) is a professional development network that serves teachers of writing, at all grade levels, primary through university, and in all subjects. The mission of the NWP is to enhance student achievement by improving the teaching of writing and learning in the nation’s schools. National research studies have confirmed significant gains in writing performance among students of teachers who have participated in NWP programs. The more than 200 local sites that make up the NWP network are hosted by universities and colleges. Sites work in partnership with area school districts to offer high-quality professional development programs for educators.

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