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    Teaching Argument Writing Fall 2021 Online Courses

    October 19, 2021

    The National Writing Project is pleased to announce its Fall 2021 Teaching Argument Writing online courses.

    These opportunities are open to all educators, so please share widely with teachers in your area. The primary purpose of these courses is to give as many teachers as possible access to the most high-leverage aspects of this program. The courses also provide opportunities for leaders at your site to access new and updated C3WP resources and learning experiences. 

    Interested in how your site could set up credits for these courses for teachers in your area through your institution? Sites have done that and we have examples to share! Don’t hesitate to reach out if you are interested in learning more about how that might work at your site.  

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    Check Out the NYCWP’s Fall Literature Workshops

    September 14, 2021

    The NYCWP is offering two literature workshops this Fall 2021: “Redefining Memory” and “Subverting Genre.” Read about the programs below, and be sure to look out for similar programming in the future!

    Redefining Memory

    Writers are often told, “write what you know,” but that doesn’t mean memoir is not a deeply imaginative process. In this reading and discussion group, we will examine one text per month and discuss the ways in which experimental writers are bending the boundaries of memory and redefining what “autobiography” constitutes. We will experiment with different forms, modalities and narrative structures as participants repackage their own experiences into unique ways of telling their story. A second semester of this workshop will be offered in the spring with a different book list.  

    • October 16: In the Dream House, by Carmen Maria Machado
    • November 13: Dictee, by Theresa Hak Kyung Cha
    • December 11: Jane: A Murder by Maggie Nelson
    • January 15: The Yellow House, by Sarah M. Broom

    When: Saturdays, 10am – 12pm

    Where: Online, Zoom

    Cost: $125

    Subverting Genre

    It is often the writer who dwells on the future that shows us the darkness of our own age. In this seminar we will be surveying multiple facets of genre fiction to discover what is possible outside the confines of “traditional” literature. Our goal will be to observe both the strengths and the weaknesses of each novel we explore to better understand what can be learned, borrowed, or adapted to our own work. Special care will be given to the prejudices or problematic aspects that may or may not exist within each novel with an aim of learning to subvert such tropes. While it is beyond the bounds of this course to be all-encompassing, the booklist has been designed to give solid introductions to Afro-futurism, historical speculative fiction, Lovecraftian cosmic horror, and 1960’s American science fiction.

    • October 9: Clay’s Ark, by Octavia Butler
    • November 6: Ledfeather, by Stephen Graham Jones
    • December 4: The Ballad of Black Tom, by Victor LaValle
    • January 8: VALIS, by Philip K. Dick

    When: Saturdays, 10am – 12pm

    Where: Online, Zoom

    Cost: $125

    Contact: jane.higgins@lehman.cuny.edu

    Both workshops provide CTLE credit.

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    Apply to the NYCWP Writers’ Residency Fall 2021

    August 31, 2021

    The New York City Writing Project (NYCWP) has designed the Writers’ Residency to foster the teacher-as-writer as they engage in an intensive and intimate writing workshop experience. Writers will read, write, workshop, and learn together to improve their writing craft and explore publication options. Writers of all levels are encouraged to apply. Past residency participants may join this residency program.

    The residency offers participants the opportunity to:

    • Enjoy dedicated time to write in the genre of their choice;
    • Explore and improve their craft in a community of writers;
    • Consider aspects of craft, style, and form;
    • Engage in focused workshop sessions to provide and receive feedback;
    • Read selections chosen with their writing style in mind;
    • Study craft essays and try out new techniques together;
    • Learn about publication opportunities with the NYCWP and elsewhere;
    • Earn CTLE credits for participation;
    • And more!

    When: October 7 – December 16, 2021

    • 6:00-9:00pm
    • 10 Thursday sessions (except for Thanksgiving)

    Who: Writers of All Levels

    Where: Zoom, link to follow registration

    Cost: $300

    Facilitators: Mallory McMahon and Alan Holt

    Contact: Jane.higgins@lehman.cuny.edu

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    Write from Anywhere Summer Mini Institute

    June 17, 2021

    Renew and rejuvenate with writing while learning about the NYCWP’s student-centered approach to literacy learning across the disciplines.  

    The institute offers participants the opportunity to:

    • Read and write to process and reflect on the past year
    • Learn ways to engage students and support learning across disciplines
    • Share your practice and join the community of teachers teaching teachers
    • Write from Anywhere at Gateway National Recreation Center  
    • CTLE hours for participation
    • And more!

    When: July 19-22, 10am-1pm

    July 26 at Gateway National Recreation Center

    Who: Teachers PK-12 all subjects

    Where: Online, Zoom link to follow registration

    Cost: $100

    Contact: Jane.higgins@lehman.cuny.edu

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    Join the NYCWP Celebratory Reading!

    May 21, 2021

    Writers Residency Celebratory Reading Spring 2021

    Join us to support our teacher-writers and find out more about the program!

    Our teacher-writers have been writing since early March, and they are now sharing their work publicly. In addition to supporting our teacher-writers, join us to learn about this program and how to apply for the Fall Writers Residency 2021.

    When: June 4 & 5, 2021 7:00pm – 8:00pm

    Where: Zoom– https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8484400980

    Contact: Jane@nycwritingproject.org

    Schedule for Readings:

    • Friday, June 4:
    • Nora Kurt
    • Diana Agosta
    • Michelle Koza
    • Emily Hartzell
    • John Rearick
    • Saturday, June 5:
    • Eve Becker
    • Leah Oppenzato
    • Darcy Minsky
    • Catlin Preston
    • Tee Pace

    More about the Writers Residency:
    This MFA-style workshop, designed for writers with works already in progress, draws participants through a series of intensive exercises, readings, and submissions of their own writing, toward a goal of improving and completing projects in various genres. Residents will be responsible for providing feedback to one another and participating in conversations about craft, style, form, function, and creative choices that deepen or texturize writing. Each resident will have the opportunity to submit two writing samples, which will be analyzed alongside mentor and master texts, to help each writer better understand their own strengths and points for future development.

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    Jump into Spring with an NYCWP Writing Boot Camp!

    March 18, 2021

    Looking to start a new piece of writing or creative project? Longing to get back to the page, but finding yourself blocked? Join the NYCWP for three days of generating your own creative writing! Over this three-day “boot camp,” writers will have the opportunity to engage with a variety of prompts and participate in micro-studies surrounding various craft elements, creative forms, and model readings. While participating for all three sessions is encouraged, as the activities will build, a pop-in model is also acceptable for those with limited time.

    CTLE credit available.

    • When: June 1, 2 & 3, 2021
      • 7:00pm – 9:00pm
    • Who: Writers of all levels
    • Where: online, zoom invitation following registration
    • Cost:
      • $20 per session
      • $50 for all three sessions

    Facilitators: Alan Holt and Mallory McMahon

    Contact: JANE.HIGGINS@lehman.cuny.edu

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    Writing with Youth Inside and Outside the Classroom

    March 18, 2021

    Writing with Youth: Inside and Outside of the Classroom with keynote addresses by Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz and Kelly Chandler-Olcott

    The 1st ever, virtual Northeast National Writing Project conference features live keynote addresses, teacher-led workshops, and teacher-writing sessions; there are pre-recorded sessions that participants can view on-demand. Through ZOOM and Google Docs, we anticipate the National Writing Project experience will be at its best – a coordination of ZOOM links and organized pre-recorded on-demand presentations…a menu of sorts.

    Our ignite sessions are pre-recorded and viewable as on-demand sessions while showcases and workshops are live providing participants flexibility to pace the conference experience that works best for them. Throughout the day, our community will have opportunities to gather for discussion and networking, as well, and pose questions to guide the conversation.

    The event begins at 9:00 a.m. and concludes at 4:30 p.m.

    We hope you will join us!

    • When: May 8, 2021, 9:00am – 4:30pm
    • Where: Online, information to follow registration.
    • Cost:
      • $25 for teachers
      • $10 for students
      • Free for Lehman College undergraduate students, teacher candidates, and Masters of Social Work students
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    College, Career, and Community Writers Program (C3WP)

    April 15, 2021

    NWP’s first Teaching Routine Argument Writing online course was very well received and we are excited to announce our next argument writing online course, Creating an Argument Text Set. This is one of many courses being designed by teacher-leaders to disseminate the highest-leverage aspects of the College, Career, and Community Writers Program (C3WP). Our goal is to make the most powerful aspects of this successful program available to more teachers both outside and inside the NWP network. In this Creating an Argument Text Set course, which will run from April 23rd-May 3rd, teachers will be supported in moving through a  process to build a text set that they can immediately use to engage their students in writing arguments. Please share this invitation widely with teachers in your area.

    For more information and registration, click here

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    Writing and Reading this Spring at the NYCWP

    March 19, 2021

    The NYCWP is currently has two programs underway: the Spring Writers Residency and the reading workshop “Reading Fiction Like a Writer.” Read about the programs below, and be sure to look out for similar programming in the future!

    The Spring Writers Residency

    This MFA-style workshop, designed for writers with works already in progress, draws participants through a series of intensive exercises, readings, and submissions of their own writing, toward a goal of improving and completing projects in various genres. Residents will be responsible for providing feedback to one another and participating in conversations about craft, style, form, function, and creative choices that deepen or texturize writing. Each resident will have the opportunity to submit two writing samples, which will be analyzed alongside mentor and master texts, to help each writer better understand their own strengths and points for future development.

    Reading Fiction Like a Writer

    Writers read fiction not just for enjoyment, but also to examine closely the “tools of the trade” as they look in the hands of masters. This monthly reading and discussion group will focus on how various writers use different forms, styles, and techniques to draw their readers into fictional worlds. We will read one novel per month, with a focus on works in translation and marginalized voices, to explore the relationship between story, form, and craft with an eye to apply these techniques to our own creative projects, regardless of genre.

    Participants are currently reading the following texts:

    • Slave Old Man, Patrick Chamoiseau
    • Human Acts, Han Kang
    • Weather, Jenny Offill
    • Pedro Páramo, Juan Rulfo
    • On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, Ocean Vuong
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    Hindsight is 2020: Futures of Teaching and Preserving Mother Tongues

    March 11, 2021

    A virtual symposium on teaching indigenous and diasporic languages

    Held on March 19-20, 2021 and March 26-27, 2021

    The symposium seeks to reflect on the state of Indigenous and diasporic language preservation and instruction in the first two decades of the 21st century, and reflect on the future of learning and teaching in the digital era.

    This symposium seeks to bring Indigenous and diasporic language instructors, students and activists together virtually to discuss the strengths and challenges that have come with our “new normal” of online learning. This symposium seeks to dispel the stigma surrounding online learning by bringing in successful examples of years of training by instructors and students who have excelled in creating professional paths by combining language and technology. Over two weekends, there will be notable keynote speakers, panels discussing the challenges that students and instructors must contend with classes over Zoom, and also address the maneuvering between online and in-person learning in this ever-shifting context; workshops on innovative methodologies for child education and youth development by language activists; and performances by artists representing various indigenous and diasporic languages.

    Presented by The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at NYU (CLACS NYU), The CUNY Mexican Studies Institute at Lehman College (CUNY MSI), and the Institute of Latin American Studies of Columbia University (ILAS).

    **Habrá interpretación simultánea al español disponible.

    **English simultaneous interpretation will be available.