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The Vada B. Dow Writer's Workshop for Teachers

The Vada B. Dow Writing Workshop for Area Teachers will be held July 20-24, 2020, at the Alden B. Dow Home and Studio and the Grace A. Dow Memorial Library in Midland, MI. For more information, see the 2020 Vada Dow Workshop flier (304KB) .

Taught by John Mauk, fiction writer, and Anne-Marie Oomen, memorist, this workshop will feature a working session with Penny Kittle, author of Book Love. Through guided writing prompts and other activities, teacher-participants will spend their days creating and sharing their own fiction and memoir pieces. All lunches and materials, along with 25 SCECHS, are included. The total cost is $150/teacher.

Applications will be accepted from teachers in all disciplines; to apply, click on the registration link below.  Registrations will be accepted through May 30, 2020.

In addition to the workshop for area teachers, we will be offering free events featuring readings and discussions with guest authors, open to the public. On Monday evening, Penny Kittle will provide the keynote address at the Grace A. Dow Library, and readings by Michigan poet Jack Ridl, fiction writers Desiree Cooper and John Mauk, memoirist Anne-Marie Oomen, and YA authors Heather Bowman and Shutta Crum, will be held Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings at the Midland Center for the Arts, in connection with the Michigan Authors Workshop Series.

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 will rediscover the joy of writing and be able to return to their classrooms as advocates for writing with their students. This event is held biannually, and generously sponsored by the Alden and Vada Dow Creativity Foundation.