The Saginaw Bay Writing Project

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

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 best practice workshops, sponsors writing marathons, publishes teacher and student writing anthologies, and consults with area districts to guide teacher professional development. 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

SBWP in Action

Upcoming Events

Alden B. Dow: Creative Spaces for Creative Words

In collaboration with the The Alden B. Dow Home and Studio, the Saginaw Bay Writing Project is pleased to announce “Alden B. Dow: Creative Spaces for Creative Words,” A Writers’ Retreat.

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2014 Summer Institutes


TE 601: Close and Critical Reading and Writing
Dates: June 23-27
Instructors: Elaine Hunyadi and Bev Matulis 

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will involve teachers in an interactive exploration of dynamic reading and writing strategies that can be used with students from grades K-12. Teachers will be immersed in best practices and will experience the impact that these practices have on learners. Participants will explore strategies for facilitating Close Reading, Shared Inquiry Discussion, Socratic Circles, Six Traits Writing, Sentence Composing Teaching Guides, SMARTER Balanced assessments and MAISA units. Each strategy will be anchored to the Common Core State Standards and each participant will leave the workshop with a plan to take back to their own classroom in the fall.

TE 601: A Close Look at Narrative, Informative, and Argument Writing
Dates: August 4-8
Instructors: Steve Markey and Kristin Sovis

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will engage teachers in a close examination of the Common Core State Standards for writing, particularly as they apply to participants’ grade levels. The focus of the discussion and activities will center on what the standards require, what that looks like in young writers, and how to scaffold lessons that will help students attain the standards. Participants will explore instructional options as well as examining student samples in narrative, informative, and argument writing. Each participant will leave the workshop with a plan to take back to their own classroom in the fall.

Participants who complete all the requirements for the institute will receive 25 SCECHs.

Participants may choose to take the course for two SVSU graduate credits (course cost $971.10).

Each participant who completes the institute will receive a $100 stipend.

Registration Form (746kB)

For more information, contact Marilyn Brooks at

Past Summer Institutes

  • June 17–21, 2013:  TE 601 Inquiry-based Learning and the Craft of Writing
  • July 15–19, 2013:  TE 601 Writing in Math, Science and Social Studies
  • August 5–9, 2013:  TE 601 Teaching Argument Writing         

Recent Events

  • Visiting Scholar, Michele Dipietro (Friday, March 14, 2014)

SBWP Best Practices


Advisory Board Meetings 2014 TBA

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SBWP Co-Directors

Helen Raica-Klotz, Co-Director
Zahnow 308 (Writing Center)
(989) 964-6062

Marilyn Brooks, Co-Director
Zahnow 228
(989) 964-7037

Saginaw Bay Writing Project

"A community of educators who love teaching writing"