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One Pen Winner Challenges White Male Privilege, Runner-Up Tells Cosmetic, Clothing Industry to Think Beyond White Skin

April 8th, 2016 by Michael

Freshman Ian Gollihur of Coe-Brown Northwood Academy won first place in this year’s National Writing Project in New Hampshire’s One Pen Can Change the World essay contest for his powerful essay on white male privilege. Freshman Katherine Eastland of Souhegan High School was named runner-up for her “letter” to cosmetic and clothing industry for offering women of color too few make-up and attire options, especially when it comes to foundation.

Thirty-five students entered this year’s One Pen contest, which asks students to write about their ideas about justice. NWPNH

The winner and runner-up read their essays at a ceremony on April 7th, 2016 at the PSU graduate center in Concord. Their teachers and families joined them. NWPNH applauds all our student writers and thanks the teachers who encouraged them to share their views on justice with the world.


Pictured left to right: Souhegan High School Social Studies teacher Tony Doucet, with runner-up Kate Eastland, and winner Ian Gollihur and English teacher Sarah Hill, both of Coe-Brown Northwood Academy.

NWPNH holds the One Pen essay contest annually. This year the deadline for the contest is May 12, 2017.  Winners will be honored at a ceremony to be held  in Concord on Wednesday May 31st at 4:30 p.m.  Winners receive certificates, prizes and a book. Details about the contest can be found here. Or contact Meg Petersen with questions.

NWPNH to hold RE-new Event on Saturday April 8th, 2017 to Focus on Teaching Empathy

February 7th, 2013 by Michael

Does this sound familiar?

Your five weeks at the Summer Writing Institute inspired you to rethink your teaching practice and stay connected to your new National Writing Project community. Then, the day-to-day demands of the classroom interfered, maybe even took over.

If so, please join us in Concord, Saturday, April 8, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for ReNew, a new NWPNH event for fellows and those thinking of about applying to our Summer Institute.

It’s free and lunch is included. Register here.

The day will be focused on teaching empathy and teaching with empathy. You will read and write and do the kinds of things we do in the summer institute, and walk away with lots to think about, renewed energy and ideas to try in your classroom. You’ll hear about the NWPNH’s newest initiatives and reconnect with friends. Staff development certificate will be provided.


NWPNH is awarded College-Ready Writing Program Grant to Work at Henry J. McLaughlin Middle School

February 16th, 2011 by Michael

NWPNH has won a second $20,000 College Ready Writers Program (CRWP) grant that supports argument writing for grades 6-12. This grant is to work with argument writing at Henry J. McLaughlin Middle School in Manchester.  Teachers at McLaughlin will be working with CRWP Writing Project teacher consultants beginning in the summer of 2017 throughout the 2017-2018 school year.

Please contact Arlene Taranow or Meg Petersen for more information.

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February 16th, 2011 by Michael

“Kristin Soule and I held an impromptu professional development session after school today for 4 other staff members. We had a short writing prompt, Kristin presented a teaching practice, and I led an Exploration protocol based off of it. The point is, it CAN be done!”   Christopher Soule, NWPNH 2013 Fellow


Looking for inspiration, new ideas, fellow fellows, and the latest news on the NWPNH? Join our community by liking us on Facebook. You’ll find links to the  posts below and more.

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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.