The Vada B. Dow Writer's Workshop
for Area Teachers
“To be free to create, in his or her own individualistic way, is a creative person’s reason for living. The enjoyment of this freedom is intensified when one’s creative results are accepted.” ~ Alden B. Dow
“’Why strive to be creative?’ Perhaps I should ask, ‘Why strive to breathe?’ In most creative personalities, it is every bit as necessary to be creative as it is to take in oxygen.” ~ Alden B. Dow
“The more closely we examine all things about us, the more obvious it becomes that the law of this universe is to create, to grow.” ~ Alden B. Dow
"One idea generates another… and another… and another. The farther out the idea grows the more likely it is to become the aesthetic idea … the ultimate solution.” ~ Alden B. Dow
“The most important thing we can do is to develop a faith in the wonderful potentialities of the individual human being.” ~ Alden B. Dow
“The creatively oriented life guarantees no material bonanza … nothing but the fulfillment of life’s real purpose.” ~ Alden B. Dow
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 B. Dow Home and Studio to support our area teachers in developing their skills as writers and classroom teachers. The 2018 workshop will follow a similar format to the workshop provided in 2016; for more information, please read the description of the 2016 workshop given below.
Check back in January 2018 for more information, including the list of visiting authors, cost, and registration forms.
This past workshop took place July 25-29, 2016, from 9 am – 4 pm at the Alden B. Dow Home and Studio in Midland, Michigan.
The Vada B. Dow Workshop for Area Teachers offered 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 hoped 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 were accepted to participate; the total cost for participation was $150.00, due to the generous support of the Alden and Vada Dow Creativity Foundation. Each workshop participant was given:
- a keynote address by Penny Kittle, author of "Write Beside Them"
- 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, including Jerry Dennis, Laura Kasischke, Mardi Jo Link, John Mauk, Anne-Marie Oomen, and Keith Taylor.
- complimentary lunch and dinner 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)