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View the WWP Presentation from the 2017 Fall Literacy Conference here


Writers Teaching ~ Teachers Writing

  • NWP focuses on the knowledge, expertise, and leadership of our nation’s educators on sustained efforts to improve writing and learning for all learners.
  • Co-Directors: Amy Spiker and Tia Frahm
  • Summer 2015 - Teacher consultants came together to form the WWP Leadership Team
  • Summer 2016 - Teacher consultants went to Sheridan, Thayne, and Laramie, to learn together, provide professional development, and lead a writing marathon.
  • Fall 2016 - Thrive: 5 Ways to (Re)Invigorate Your Teaching state-wide book study
  • Summer 2017 - Teachers consultants went to Wheatland, Evanston, and Laramie to learn together, provide professional development to over 40 area teachers, and lead a community writing marathon. 
  • Fall 2017 - Disrupting Thinking: Why How We Read Matters state-wide book study with 82 educators across Wyoming 
Sharing Writing

Media Coverage

Wyoming Writing Project enjoyed media coverage around the state this summer.  Summer Scholar, Keather Pierantoni, spoke to the Star Valley Independent about her experiences as a Scholar.  She also talked about going on the writing marathon as a family.

Matt Johnson was excited to participate in a writing marathon since it allowed him to get out of his writing comfort zone and not only write in new places but to share with other writers.  The Sheridan Press published the following article:

Sara Pommarane shared her experience in the Summer Institute with the Laramie Boomerang in the following article.

The WWP made the front page of the NWP website, the lead story “In the News”

WWP updated their Facebook page regularly during the summer.  In addition, we encouraged participants to tweet using hash tags specific to our location (#sheridanwrites, #thaynewrites, and #laramiewrites).  Our online presence enjoyed a surge in viewers and our tweets were shared and liked by many in the NWP community.  The highlight of one session was when Ralph Fletcher (Keynote guest for the 2016 Fall Literacy Conference at UW) “liked” one of our tweets about writing.   These online activities helped us realize a true connection with teachers and the education community at large. 


Writing on Roof

Seniors at East High


Writing Marathon in Downtown Cheyenne


“I thought the Writing Marathon was great! You got to see so many different things and it was something new that I would love to do again or encourage other classes to do. Sitting down somewhere and actually writing about something that you see or things you are experiencing is such a great feeling because you're free to really write anything and usually when you’re at school you're limited to what you can and can't write.” B.W.
“I greatly enjoyed the writing marathon. It was nice to be able to write just for the sake of writing. I do already do this, but going out into the world to do it was truly wonderful. It really made my day.” S.W.

“I thought that the writing marathon was an amazing experience that was memorable. I had a lot of fun running around town writing about what my buddies and I did. It taught me how writing can be adventurous just by walking around town and sharing your life as something that isn't as boring as you tell yourself.” S.O.
“I truly did enjoy the writing marathon. It was an entirely new way for me to write and was very eye opening. I wish we had more time to have done the writing marathon and hope we will have at least one or two more this year.” S.K.
“I really enjoyed taking part in the writing marathon. I enjoyed being able to write about what ever came to mind. As we talked in class it was cool to also hear what other people around you were saying. Other peoples’ views or thoughts will always effect you and what you are thinking.” J.M.


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Questions? Contact

Dr. Amy Spiker
Director, Wyoming Writing Project
University of Wyoming
308 McWhinnie Hall
Laramie, WY 82071

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