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About Us

The Western New York Writing Project, housed at Buffalo State College since 2020, provides creative and interactive professional development in the teaching of writing for P-12 teachers across the Western New York area, creating a strong local network of teacher-leaders who then share their expertise with their peers.

Our Leadership Team

Katherine Macro, Ph.D.

Co-Director
Lecturer in English Education

Maggie M. Herb, Ph.D.

Co-Director
Assistant Professor of English/Writing Center Director

Hilary Lochte, Ph.D

Assistant Director
Assistant Professor of English Education

Upcoming Activities and Events

Write Out

Write Out (#WriteOut) is a free two-week event, organized through a partnership of the National Writing Project and the National Park Service as a series of online activities where educators, students, and the public are invited to explore national parks, outdoor spaces, and other public places to connect and learn through place-based writing, creating, and sharing. 

Write Out is designed to encourage all participants to go outdoors in their local communities while providing opportunities to share and connect with others – locally and nationally – using a range of online tools and networked technologies.

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Write Out 2022

National Day on Writing

To draw attention to the remarkable variety of writing Americans engage in and to help make writers from all walks of life aware of their craft, the National Council of Teachers of English has established October 20 as the National Day on Writing®. It’s important for everyone to share their knowledge about writing, organize participating groups in our schools and/or communities, and transform the public’s understanding of writing and the role it plays in society today. Follow the hashtag #whyiwrite on October 20 to join the conversation!

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NCTW National Day on Writing Resources

Get Involved

Teachers

Teachers of all grade levels, of any subject, and with any level of experience who have an interest in and commitment to advancing writing and the teaching of writing are encouraged to attend our summer institute. This intensive week-long program features workshops and discussion, as well as time for participants to do their own writing and research. 

After completing the summer institute, we invite participants' continued involvement in WNYWP, through participation in writing/inquiry groups, mini retreats/workshops, and participation in future summer institutes as teacher-leaders.

Schools

The Western New York Writing Project can provide professional development related to the teaching of writing for schools, departments, and small groups of teachers. Contact us to tell us more about your specific needs and discuss our offerings and options: wnywriting@gmail.com

Past Events

2022 Summer Institute: July 11-15

Time: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Location: Buffalo State College Writing Center in E.H. Butler Library

This week-long summer institute will include workshops and discussion, as well as time for participants to do their own writing and research. After completing the summer institute, we invite participants' continued involvement in WNYWP, through participation in writing/inquiry groups, mini retreats/workshops, and participation in future summer institutes as teacher-leaders. We invite teachers from across the region, at any grade level, with any level of experience who have an interest in and commitment to advancing writing and the teaching of writing.

During the week, we will focus on both our practice as teachers and our work/research as writers and teachers of writing. Mornings will consist of interactive, hands-on workshops, focused on classroom practice. We will focus in particular on the teaching of writing in a post-pandemic world, exploring how writing can be a critical tool for students and teachers to process and navigate these challenging, tumultuous times. In the afternoons, we will write; participants will have opportunities (both individually and collectively) to apply and practice concepts and techniques from the workshops and to work on their own ongoing writing/research. The week will end with a celebration in which we share with each other the words and ideas we generated throughout the week.

Facilitators will include WNYWP directors and Buffalo State faculty Katherine Macro, Maggie Herb, and Hilary Lochte, as well as local teacher-leaders who have previously completed the Summer Institute.

Registration Cost: $100 for professionals and $25 for teacher candidates. 

Registration cost will cover daily lunch, light refreshments, and texts/materials for the week. Participants will also earn a digital badge to certify their completion of the institute and are eligible for 30 CTLE hours.

Register by June 15!