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2020-2021 Events for Teachers


TE 601: “Teaching and Assessing Writing Online” -- offered five Thursdays from 6-9 pm: October 15 and November 19, 2020, and January 21, February 25, and March 18, 2021.

Meet with area teachers via Zoom on five evenings throughout AY 2020-21 to talk about best practices in working with writers in virtual environments, with lead teacher Kathy Tighe and guest Troy Hicks. This workshop will be provided in two parts: Teaching Writing Online (10/25, 11/19, and 3/18) and Assessing Writing Online (1/21. 2/25, and 3/18). 25 SCECHS available for attending all workshops , or for 15 SCECHS for attending either "Teaching" or "Assessing" workshops. of the. $25 for three workshops, or $40 for all workshops (additional costs apply if applying for SVSU college credit). To register, visit

Special thanks to Garber Automotive for their sponsorship of this TE 601 course.

Due to COVID-19, Summer 2020 events have been rescheduled to Summer 2021 (see below). Registration information for these events will be posted in March 2021.

"Write Here, Write Now: A Port Austin Writing Retreat for Teachers" — This workshop has been rescheduled for Wednesday, June 23–Friday, June 25, 2021.
Come to the resort town of Port Austin to write in various locations with fellow teachers, exploring ways that place-based writing inspires our creativity. Friday afternoon will feature a "gallery walk" of our writing and a poetry reading for the larger community. Lodging, along with most meals, is included in the $50 fee.


The Vada B. Dow Writers' Workshop for Area Teachers -- This workshop has been rescheduled for Monday, July 19 through Friday, July 23, 2021.
Join us for this week-long writing workshop for K-12 teachers in all disciplines who wish to integrate best writing practices into their classroom. Featuring a workshop with Penny Kittle, and five days of writing with fiction writer John Mauk and memoirist Anne-Marie Oomen, this workshop offers teachers the ability to learn more about the craft of writing by writing themselves. Held at the Alden B. Dow Home and Studio and the Grace A. Dow Library in Midland.


Penny Kittle Teachers' Workshop -- This workshop has been rescheduled for Monday, July 21, 2021.

If you are unable to attend the Vada B. Dow Writer's Workshop for Area Teachers, but you want to meet and learn from Penny Kittle, come to this three-hour workshop to learn more about the best practices in teaching writing. Held at the Grace A. Dow Library in Midland.



To learn more about the SBWP and our current events, contact

Helen Raica-Klotz, SBWP  Director / / 989.964.6062