News & Events

Verandah Porche Writing on the Land: Exploring the Nature of the Place We Live

February 7th, 2013 by Michael

The National Writing Project in New Hampshire is pleased to announce that we will be co-sponsoring a  series of programs with the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire featuring Vermont poet, Verandah Porche.  These programs will take place at various locations from Lincoln to Lancaster, including a teacher workshop at Lin-Wood public schools from 4:00-5:30 on October 1st. Last year’s fellows will remember that Verandah visited our summer institute this year and demonstrated her technique of using told poetry.  Many participants have already used this technique in their classrooms and communities.  As one of the participants blogged, “I’ll always remember the last kernel of insight I wrote down during Verandah’s presentation: “Anything is interesting once you zoom in.””

A flyer with details about the program is available here: Verandah Flyer

Registration for the teacher workshop is available here.

Registration for other programs is available here.

Memoir and Memory: Special Focus Institute

February 16th, 2011 by Michael

The National Writing Project in New Hampshire is sponsoring a special focus institute held in conjunction with the Monadnock Center for History and Culture.  The sessions will be held at the Monadnock Center, 19 Grove Street in Peterborough on the following Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.: October 25th, November 8th, January 10th, February 7th, and  March 7th.

Memoir and Memory will explore how personal stories are shaped by specific places and times. Reading selections may include The Place He Made (Edie Clark), The Good, Good Pig (Sy Montgomery) and other works all with significance to the Monadnock Region. Participants will also write their own memoirs incorporating the people and places that have been important in their lives. Prior participants in “Writing our Communities” institutes are welcome, but prior participation is not required. Participants will develop instructional units appropriate to their teaching or work situations, explore the use of artifacts in their lives and in our history and culture, and examine how these reflect relationships of power.

This institute is appropriate for educators in all disciplines at all grade levels as well as community members involved in working with children or schools or who simply enjoy personal reading and writing.  Through readings, demonstrations, and activities, participants will learn strategies and activities to implement place-based learning into their particular situations.  The cost of the institute is $300; districts sending 6 or more participants can pay $250 per person. Three graduate credits from Plymouth State University are available at the reduced rate of  $175 per credit and a $30 registration fee.  Registration form is available here.

 

NWPNH to hold “Curriculum Camp” on November 1st

February 16th, 2011 by Michael

NWPNH is sponsoring a “curriculum camp” on November 1st from 1:00-4:00 at the PSU Graduate Center in Concord at 2 Pillsbury Street.  This will be an orientation and working session for teachers interested in preparing integrated curriculum units for use in their classes.  We will work to define the issue or topic of the unit, brainstorm aspects of the topic,  formulate critical questions and gather materials.  Teams of teachers are encouraged to attend.  The session is being offered free of charge and professional development certificates will be provided.

For more information about integrated curriculum planning, please read  The Disruptive, Transformative Potential of the Common Core  as well as Teaching the Common Core as a Subversive Activity.

The materials that will guide our work are available here.

Please contact Meg Petersen megjoanna@gmail.com  with questions.

Please fill out the following form to register for the session.

 

NWPNH Winter Gala set for January 24th

February 16th, 2011 by Michael

Our (not so very formal but very fun) winter gala is set for January 24th at the PSU Graduate Center in Concord from 5-7:00.  There will be presentations and prizes as well as an opportunity to socialize with writing project colleagues from across the state.   Mark your calendar now.  More information is available here.

Family Writing Night at Hillside Middle School A Great Success

February 16th, 2011 by Michael

On February 20th , Hillside Middle School hosted a Family Writing Night with spaghetti supper sponsored by the National Writing Project in NH.  Thirty people attended, including students and families from Hillside Middle School and Webster Elementary School.   Here is an article about the event in the Union Leader.

See the enclosed flyer for details.

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