The Illinois Writing Project has been awarded $1,400 from the Illinois Reading Council Literacy Support Grants committee. The monies will be used to provide supplies and books to use at Writing Camps for Kids in July, 2012.
I seldom paid attention to writing contests for my sixth graders since they often had unusual requirements. But when a young writer gets their act together and writes to submit, something changes in their writing attitude. So, here is a writing contest you might want to think about for your students: Leonard L. Milberg ’53 Secondary School Poetry Prize 11th grade students Submit 1-3 poems Deadline March 30, 2012 princeton.edu/art/poetryprize
Last month I introduced Pam’s writing group. When asked what this time means to them, the participants answered from multiple perspectives. “I feel this is a great opportunity to reflect on writing and the importance it has in my life especially since I became involved the IWP. I find writing after school an immediate stress releaser. I enjoy hearing other people read their writing. It is inspirational. There is no pressure here and it shows. Different people, different voices, one [...]
Beginning in the fall of 2011, Pam Moriarty started an informal after school writing group in River Forest. There is no agenda, although Pam shares a piece of published writing, cold drinks, and chocolate to stimulate the writers’ thinking.