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‌Since its beginnings in 1993, the Saginaw Bay Writing Project (SBWP) has worked to promote literacy throughout the Mid-Michigan area. Our site fulfills the philosophy of the National Writing Project, supporting best practices with a “teachers teaching teachers” model.

The SBWP offers professional development where teachers have the opportunity to become versed in best practice, grow as writers themselves, and develop the skills they need to become teacher leaders in their own districts. The Writing Project provides outreach to area schools, offers a variety of workshops and summer institutes on best practices in teaching writing, and sponsors local writing retreats for area teachers. The SBWP is committed to promoting excellence in the teaching and practice of writing.

SBWP Mission

  • Develop a network of effective teachers who share their successes
  • Foster a community of teachers who are also writers
  • Encourage personal and professional growth in the teaching of writing
  • Improve the writing of Michigan students at all levels

Network with other teachers and learn more about the SBWP by contacting Allison Jordan,, to join our listserv.


Upcoming Events

We've set the date for the next Vada B. Dow Workshop for Area Teachers, to be held July 23-27, 2018.  Taught by John Mauk and Anne-Marie Oomen, this week-long workshop will lead area teachers in the art of writing memoir and fiction, concluding with discussions on best practices in teaching writing in the classroom. Our guest speaker on Monday will be Colleen Cruz, author of The Unstoppable Writing Teacher; she will give a free lecture open to the public at Central Auditorium on  July 23, at 7 pm. For more information, see the "Vada B. Dow" webpage (linked on the left sidebar). To register for the 2018 workshop, click here.

Past Events

Due to the generosity of the Alden and Vada Dow Creativity Foundation and current NWP Advisory Board member George Haley, we were proud to sponsor two innovative one-week programs for area teachers in summer 2016: The Vada Dow Writer's Workshop for Teachers: "Writing from the Inside Out," (July 25-29) and The George Haley/SBWP Huron County Summer Writing Institute (August 1-5).

In addition, the Alden and Vada Dow Creativity Foundation funded The Michigan Authors' Series, three evenings of readings by Michigan creative writers in summer 2016, including Laura Kasischke, Keith Taylor, Mardi Jo Link, Jerry Dennis, John Mauk, and Anne-Marie Ooming.

Past Institutes (given for 25 SCECHs or for two graduate credits)

  • August 7-11, 2017, TE 601: "The Art of Argument"
  • October 2016-May 2017: TE 601: "Extending the Writer's Life"
  • August 20-24, 2015: TE 601: "Best Practices in Literacy"
  • July 13-17, 2015: TE 601: "Using What I Read in My Writing"
  • August 4-8, 2014: TE 601: "A Close Look at Narrative, Informative, and Argument Writing"
  • June 23-27, 2014: TE 601: "Close and Critical Reading and Writing"
  • August 5–9, 2013: TE 601: "Teaching Argument Writing"       
  • July 15–19, 2013: TE 601: "Writing in Math, Science and Social Studies"
  • June 17–21, 2013: TE 601: "Inquiry-based Learning and the Craft of Writing"

  Past Workshops

  • Anne Ruggles Gere Teachers' Workshop (November 2017)
  • Penny Kittle Teachers' Workshop (July 2016)
  • Donalyn Miller Teachers' Workshop (January 2015)
  • Michele Dipietro Teachers' Workshop (March 2014)
  • Frank Serafini  Teachers' Workshop (March 2013)


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