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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 to hold Writing Retreat November 3-5th in North Conway

February 16th, 2011 by Michael

conwayJoin NWPNH leadership for a writing retreat to be held in Conway, NH beginning the evening of November 3rd through noon on November 5th.

We will write, share and respond to our writing, have structured discussions about writing and teaching writing.

You may work on any kind of writing during the retreat, and we will engage in some exercises to get you started or keep you inspired if you need to start a new project.

Experience some of the energy of the writing project’s community during the school year.

Evening meals are included, and kitchen facilities are available for preparing other meals.

A non-refundable deposit of $40 is required to reserve your spot. The total cost will be between $85–$105, depending on the final number of participants.  Sign up on this form and mail your deposit check (made out to Joanne Davis) to:


Joanne Davis

8 Spaulding Street

Concord, NH 03301


Questions?  Email Joanne Davis at


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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


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Benjamin Ludwig– Author Visit Plymouth State University

February 16th, 2011 by Michael

Benjamin Ludwig will be reading and answering questions about his novel Ginny Moon at Plymouth State University on November 8th, 2017.

Benjamin Ludwig was a fellow in the NWPNH Summer Institute in 2012. A lifelong teacher of English and writing, he began his teaching career as a middle-school language arts teacher in New Hampshire, then spent many years directing a distance-learning program for students living in remote locations in Alaska. He holds an MAT in English Education and an MFA in Writing. Previous to this year he was a new-teacher mentor and literacy facilitator for the Dover City School District. His first novel, Ginny Moon, was published in the U.S. and in Canada by HarperCollins | Park Row Books in May of 2017.  Though he writes full-time now, he also serves as a mentor for the Association of Writers and Writing Program’s mentorship program, Writer to Writer.  

See the enclosed flyer for details.