National Writing Project


NWP Radio—Writing Our Lives and Hosting Writing Conferences for Youth

January 26, 2017

Since 2009, young people in central New York have had opportunities to participate in Writing Our Lives, a series of youth conferences and after school programs that support the writing young people love to do. Dr. Marcelle Haddix, originator of the movement, collaborated with Dr. Bryan Ripley Crandall, who has brought the youth conferences to southern Connecticut through his role as the Director of Connecticut Writing Project-Fairfield. To date, over a dozen Writing Our Lives conferences have been hosted where young people attend workshops by professional writers, youth advocates, and performers. Writing Our Lives - A History of Hosting Writing Conferences For Youth shares the history of the work and offers ideas for supporting the writing of young people in other parts of the country through similar writing conferences.


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