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.
Network with other teachers and learn more about the SBWP by contacting Allison Jordan, email@example.com, to join our listserv.
We've set the date for the next Vada B. Dow Workshop for Area Teachers, 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, and she will give a free lecture open to the public at Central Auditorium on July 23, at 7 pm. For more information, see our flier, Vada Dow Writers Retreat 2018 (171kB), and check back to our site in January for registration information.
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.