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The Vada B. Dow Writer's Workshop

for Area Teachers

We're pleased to announce that the second Vada B. Dow Workshop for Area Teachers will take place this summer, July 23-27, 2018.  Taught by John Mauk and Anne-Marie Oomen, this workshop will feature guest speaker Colleen Cruz, author of The Unstoppable Writing Teacher.  We are grateful for the continued support of the Alden and Vada Dow Creativity Foundation to support our area teachers in developing their skills as writers and classroom teachers.   To learn more about this workshop, please read the description of the  workshop  below.   Registration for this workshop is closed, but consider attending some of the other FREE events OPEN TO THE PUBLIC that week in Midland, MI, which include:

A free lecture by Colleen Cruz, author of The Ustoppable Writing Teacher, on Monday, July 23, from 7-8:30 pm at Central Auditorium. (To learn more, click here. (1,193KB))

The Michigan Authors' Series, featuring free readings by Michigan poets Zilka Joseph, Linda Neemec Foster, Anne-Marie Oomen, and John Mauk on July 24 and 25 from 7-8:30 pm at the Midland Center for the Arts. (To learn more, click here. (713KB)

A "Fiction Writing Workshop" for middle school students on  Monday, July 23, from 1:30-3:30 pm at the Grace A. Dow Library. (To learn more --including how to register -- click here. (52KB))

This workshop will take place in the mornings at the Alden B. Dow Home and Studio; afternoon sessions will be held at Central Park Elementary School in Midland, Michigan.

The Vada B. Dow Workshop for Area Teachers offers K-12 teachers in the Great Lakes Bay Region the gift of time and creative space to rediscover the power of writing: not simply through discussion of best practices, but by crafting, sharing, and discussing their own writing. Through this workshop, we hope that teachers would rediscover the joy of writing and be able to return to their classrooms as advocates for writing with their students.

Applications were accepted from teachers in all disciplines who wished to integrate best writing practices into their classroom.  Thirty teachers will be accepted to participate in this workshop. The total cost for participation was $150.00, due to the generous support of the Alden and Vada Dow Creativity Foundation.  Each workshop participant will be given:

  • a keynote address by Colleen Cruz, author of The Unstoppable Writing Teacher
  • daily personal writing workshops (fiction and memoir), lead by writers Anne-Marie Oomen and John Mauk
  • evening readings from 7-8:30 pm by various Michigan authors
  • complimentary lunch each day of the workshop
  • complimentary lodging at the Holiday Inn in Midland (if requested—double occupancy)      
  • the ability to obtain 25 SCECHs (at no cost) or 2 credits from SVSU (estimated cost $1,050, to be paid by participant)

Vada B. Dow Writer's Workshop