West Tennessee Writing Project

West Tennessee Writing Project An affiliate site of the National Writing Project, where excellent teachers share innovative ways to use writing in all subject areas. Housed in the Department of English and Modern Foreign Languages at the University of Tennessee at Martin, WTWP is part of a network of about 200 Writing Project sites around the country and US territories.

WTWP's working tenets are 1) student writing will improve if writing instruction improves; 2) teachers are better able to teach writing if they are practicing writers themselves; and 3) the best teacher of a teacher is another excellent teacher.

Mission: To improve the teaching of writing in K-12 education by giving teachers time and incentive to become practicing writers.

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Dear Teachers: please tell your Young Writers to submit their best works to the EMFL Young Writers Contest this year!  T...
10/09/2020

Dear Teachers: please tell your Young Writers to submit their best works to the EMFL Young Writers Contest this year! This is in place of the annual Young Writers Conference that we usually have in late Oct./early Nov. The deadline is Nov. 9 and you can find more info below.

The usual attendants at the YWC are high school students and those middle-schoolers deemed advanced and mature enough to participate, so keep that in mind when encouraging kids you know to submit their pieces.

We look forward to receiving lots of writing from our local young writers!

We are extending the deadline one week for the Young Writers Contest in order to get a few more entries. Please encourage your young writers to submit something by Monday, Nov. 16! Details below.

In place of the Young Writers Conference this year, we are hosting a Young Writers Contest. Check out the flier and web link below for more information. https://www.utm.edu/departments/nondegree/courses/children/youngwriters.php

09/16/2019
Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

Dear WTWP Teachers of students in grades 7 – 13:

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards contest is now open for submissions. I hope you’ll encourage your students to submit something.

Visit artandwriting.org to learn more and apply!

You can also find more info here: the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards FB page here: https://www.facebook.com/ScholasticArtandWritingAwards/

Identifying and showcasing teens with exceptional artistic and literary talent since 1923. Have questions about submissions? Email [email protected].

Save the date for this year's Young Writers Conference: Friday, Nov. 1! The keynote speaker is Kentucky poet Pamela John...
09/13/2019

Save the date for this year's Young Writers Conference: Friday, Nov. 1!

The keynote speaker is Kentucky poet Pamela Johnson Parker. As always, this program is intended for high school students but we also welcome your more advanced and mature middle schoolers. Teachers are welcome to attend the workshops and participate along with the students.

When registration is fully up and running, I will share that here.

For more information on this event, please call 731.881.7300 or email: Sally Brannen at [email protected] or Jeff Longacre at [email protected].

Hi teachers!  I hope all is well.  While WTWP is not offering a Summer Institute this year, please consider this differe...
05/07/2019

Hi teachers! I hope all is well. While WTWP is not offering a Summer Institute this year, please consider this different kind of professional development opportunity in June. This was also sent to the WTWP listserv, so check your email. Let me know if you have any questions!
--David Carithers

Save the date for this year's Young Writers Conference: Nov. 2. Registration will be available soon. This is intended fo...
08/27/2018

Save the date for this year's Young Writers Conference: Nov. 2. Registration will be available soon. This is intended for high school and advanced middle school students. I hope to see many of you and your students there!

These photos are from the WTWP Summer Institute recently held in Ripley, Tennessee.
07/26/2018

These photos are from the WTWP Summer Institute recently held in Ripley, Tennessee.

The 2018 Summer “Mini” Institute at the UT-Martin Ripley Center was held July 13 and 17–20, and what a great group we ha...
07/23/2018

The 2018 Summer “Mini” Institute at the UT-Martin Ripley Center was held July 13 and 17–20, and what a great group we had! Teachers earned their choice of a certificate for 30 Hours of High Quality Professional Development or a stipend for their participation.

Pictured are (back row, l-r) Samantha Sherman, Doug Billings, and Delta Newhouse; (middle row) Trina Smith, Felicia Hopper, Jenny Brandon, Chasity Jacobs, and David Carithers; and (kneeling) Susanna Hathcock, Ashley Goulder, Lana Warren, and Angie Herron.

The 2018 Summer "Mini" Institute at UT-Martin is a wrap, and we had a grand time! Pictured here are (l-r) Addy Byars (La...
06/29/2018

The 2018 Summer "Mini" Institute at UT-Martin is a wrap, and we had a grand time! Pictured here are (l-r) Addy Byars (Lakewood Middle), Doug Billings (Lauderdale Co. Middle), Lana Warren (Obion Co. High), Jenny Brandon (Lauderdale Co. Middle), David Carithers (UTM), Delta Newhouse (Lake Co. High), and TeAnna Thomas (Union City Elementary).

06/27/2018

The 2018 WTWP Summer Institute will wrap up this Friday with a Writing Marathon from 9:10 – 11:50. Join us at UT-Martin in Humanities Room 119 at 8:45 for light breakfast and literary storehouse before we spend the morning exercising our writing muscles in a marathon of writing. Leave a note here or respond to the email invitation if you plan on coming so we'll be prepared for you. Hope to see you there!

Want meaningful professional development? Want to meet other great teachers? Want $200 or a certificate for 30 Contact H...
02/28/2018
West Tennessee Summer Institute 2018

Want meaningful professional development? Want to meet other great teachers? Want $200 or a certificate for 30 Contact Hours of High Quality Professional Development? Hate Mondays? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you should participate in the West Tennessee Writing Project Summer Institute!

The WTWP Summer Institute at UT Martin is Friday, June 22 and June 26-29. The WTWP Summer Institute at the UTM Ripley Center is Friday, July 13 and July 16-20.
You can participate in one Summer Institute or both. Previous WTWP SI participants are welcome to join us again.

If interested, complete an application and have your principal complete the recommendation form.

Application: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf9tEBWlxqBi3auPeN3qpIK4CAwaI0eDcVCoFV41QPhtZ6SBg/viewform

Principal Recommendation: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeH5PjlikveSGxXc44cPZOpBk0RhkfB4C-jGPvka2wk1uBMeg/viewform

For more info on WTWP, visit http://www.utm.edu/departments/wtwp/

Application for Invitational Summer Institute to be held at UTM Main Campus: June 22 and June 26-29, 2018 Application for Invitational Summer Institute to be held at the Ripley Center (UTM Ripley Center in Ripley, TN) July 13 and July 17-20 DEADLINE TO SUBMIT THIS FORM: May 1, 2018

Two "Mini" Summer Institutes will be offered this Summer, one at  the UT Martin campus led by Lana Warren and one at the...
03/22/2017
The University of Tennessee at Martin - http://www.utm.edu

Two "Mini" Summer Institutes will be offered this Summer, one at the UT Martin campus led by Lana Warren and one at the UT Martin Ripley Center with Jennifer Brandon! Get the applications and more info on the UTM WTWP page.

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WTWP is in need of a few more teachers willing to read and judge student writing submitted to the annual Scholastic Art ...
12/10/2015
Scholastic Art & Writing Awards | Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

WTWP is in need of a few more teachers willing to read and judge student writing submitted to the annual Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Contest. The writing is in a variety of genres and is from 6-12 graders. Please contact David Carithers if interested in this opportunity to support young writers around the country. [email protected]

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

Another awesome Summer Institute is in the books. What a great group of teachers, writers, and individuals!
06/11/2015

Another awesome Summer Institute is in the books. What a great group of teachers, writers, and individuals!

Interviews have started for the 2015 Summer Institute for teachers! Get your application in soon to be considered for a ...
03/25/2015
The University of Tennessee at Martin - http://www.utm.edu

Interviews have started for the 2015 Summer Institute for teachers! Get your application in soon to be considered for a spot. Because of the many delays over the winter, applications will be accepted through the end of April. The application and more information is available here:
http://www.utm.edu/departments/wtwp/index.php

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Summer Institute dates are set! Saturday, May 9 (Immersion), and June 1-11. The application and more info are available ...
01/30/2015
The University of Tennessee at Martin - http://www.utm.edu

Summer Institute dates are set! Saturday, May 9 (Immersion), and June 1-11. The application and more info are available on the UTM WTWP web site. If you are a WTWP TC and enjoyed your experience at Summer Institute, I hope you'll encourage a colleague to apply.
http://www.utm.edu/departments/wtwp/index.php

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WTWP has partnered with Scholastic to judge writing contest submissions from 7th-12th graders and we need a few more Jur...
12/01/2014
Scholastic Art & Writing Awards | Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

WTWP has partnered with Scholastic to judge writing contest submissions from 7th-12th graders and we need a few more Jurors. Please let David Carithers know immediately if you are interested either here or in a personal email ([email protected]). We need three more Jurors by Dec. 3. There is no pay for this, but it is a great line on your vita and it is interesting to be a part of this national writing contest. More info below:
Genres include Dramatic Script, Flash Fiction, Humor, Journalism, Personal Essay/Memoir, Critical Essay, Poetry, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Short Story, Writing Portfolio. We will do the judging between Jan 10-23, 2015. Each juror will read no more than 100 entries. Estimated time commitment for Jurors is 8-12 hours. Join us in this endeavor!
http://www.artandwriting.org

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

09/30/2014

Folks, there are only a few spots available for the October 17-18 Writing on Water event. Register asap if you want to come! See www.utm.edu/wtwp for registering details. WTWP TC's may bring one non-TC friend this year.

09/07/2014

What a great conference yesterday! We had breakout sessions on Fiction Workshop, Fan Fiction, Student Writing Clubs, and the Common Core. Plenary session speakers Shannon Barnes, Julia Schuster, and Jenna Wright inspired us with their powerful writing and personal insights into the writing life. Thanks everybody who came!

WTWP is gearing up for the Sept 6 Conference on Writing, Teaching, and Publishing featuring plenary speakers Shannon Lyo...
08/18/2014
The University of Tennessee at Martin - http://www.utm.edu

WTWP is gearing up for the Sept 6 Conference on Writing, Teaching, and Publishing featuring plenary speakers Shannon Lyon, Julia Schuster, and Jenna Wright! Remember that this is open to teachers and non-teachers, as long as you are over 18. Online registration is quick and easy here: http://www.utm.edu/departments/ecos/nondegree.php
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Summer Institute pics
08/14/2014

Summer Institute pics

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08/14/2014

West Tennessee Writing Project's cover photo

West Tennessee Writing Project's cover photo
08/14/2014

West Tennessee Writing Project's cover photo

West Tennessee Writing Project
08/14/2014

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I am so excited for the new school year to begin! Thank you to WTWP for so many useful ideas! Thank you Lana Taylor Warren for my postcard!!!