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July 13, 2018

Author to speak in Midland about improving children's writing skills

Renowned author and educator Colleen Cruz will give a public talk on how to improve childhood literacy Monday, July 23, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Central Middle School in Midland.
The event is hosted by the Alden and Vada Dow Creativity Foundation, in conjunction with the Saginaw Bay Writing Project. It is free and open to the public.
A staff developer at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, Cruz currently works as a literary consultant with students and teachers throughout the U.S.
“We are pleased to have such a well-known expert visit our region and talk with parents and educators on the best ways to help our children become better writers, readers and thinkers,” said Helen Raica-Klotz, director of Saginaw Valley State University's Writing Center and the Saginaw Bay Writing Project.
Cruz is the author of the young adult novel “Border Crossing,” a Tomas Rivera Mexican American Children's Book Award Finalist. She also writes books for teachers including “The Unstoppable Writing Teacher,” “Independent Writing,” and “A Quick Guide to Reaching Struggling Writers.”
The talk is part of the 2018 Vada B. Dow Writer's Workshop for Area Teachers, funded by the Alden and Vada Dow Creativity Foundation, to support the professional growth of writing teachers in the Great Lakes Bay Region.
The Saginaw Bay Writing Project is an SVSU organization that supports teachers throughout Mid-Michigan through professional development and workshops.