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Teaching Writing - Writing Processes - Publishing

Featured Resources

“I’m a Writer Now!” The Who, Where, and When of an ELL Newspaper

The Quarterly, 2005
Joe Bellino
Bellino, a teacher of English language learners, describes the process of publishing a newspaper written by his students and talks about how this paper has positively affected readers, writers, and the school. More ›

Maryland Voices: Publishing Students' True Stories

The Voice, 2005
Rus VanWestervelt
Teacher-consultant Rus VanWestervelt describes how he founded a journal designed and edited by high school students and devoted entirely to publishing creative nonfiction written by teens throughout Maryland. More ›

The Poet

The Quarterly, Fall 2002
Karen Brown
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Additional Resources

Spotlight on Teen Ink: A Magazine Written by and for Teens

October 2011
Art Peterson
Teen Ink, called "The New Yorker for Teens," is the nation's largest publisher of teen work in print and online. Writing Project teachers and their students have been involved in Teen Ink for years. Students can submit fiction, nonfiction, poetry, book, movie and music reviews, and more. There is no charge to submit or to be published. More ›

Write Now: Launching 2012 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards

September 2011
This episode features Virginia McEnerney, executive director of the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, who talks about the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, the nation's oldest and most prestigious teen-writing competition. Joining Virginia is Harris Durrani, a 2011 Portfolio Gold Award Recipient for his General Writing Portfolio. Learn how site directors and teachers use participation in the program in their classrooms and as part of their continuity programs. More ›

National Newspaper Week and Student Publishing

October 2010
Art Peterson
In celebration of National Newspaper Week, NWP highlights the use of newspapers and other publication sources by NWP teachers, lists articles on using newspapers for teaching, and suggests venues available to young writers and their teachers. More ›

826 Reinvents the Writing Center

July 2010
Gavin Tachibana
826 centers across the country have created a different notion of what a writing center is, and partnerships between local Writing Project sites and chapters of 826 National are helping students become better writers, and for some, published authors. More ›

Spotlight on the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers

July 2010
The Alliance for Young Artists and Writers—with the help from Writing Project sites and state networks—works to identify, motivate, and recognize the next generation of artists and writers. More ›

Writing Project Sites Get Involved in The Best Teen Writing

May 2010
Art Peterson
One of the highest honors that teen writers can receive is publication in The Best Teen Writing. Writing Project sites are becoming increasingly involved in evaluating the writing in their region as affiliates of the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, which publishes the anthology. More ›

A Collection of Online Publishing Opportunities for Student Writing

May 2010
Writing Project teachers have always found authentic ways to propel their students toward writing to an audience beyond the classroom. This collection focuses on online publishing opportunities for students of all ages—including literary magazines, book review sites, and even jokes and riddles. More ›

The Dream Flag Project Spreads Hope Through Poetry

March 2010
Gavin Tachibana
Students find a way to share their dreams with the world by studying a unique blend of Langston Hughes's poetry and Tibetan Buddhist prayer flags. More ›

Student Press Initiative Motivates Young Authors

July 2009
Gavin Tachibana
Working to turn a broad range of students into published authors, the Student Press Initiative deepens the learning experience for thousands of young writers. More ›

Letters to the Next President: A Real-World Purpose for Student Writing

October 2008
Teachers who participated in the Letters to the Next President project, cosponsored by the NWP and Google, said that their students were motivated by having a real-world purpose for their writing, and the project engaged them in this year’s political process. More ›

The Writing on the Walls

The Voice, May-June 2002
Jackie Wesson
Looking for a way to involve the community in their literacy efforts, Jackie Wesson describes how the Mobile Bay Writing Project developed The Writing on the Walls, a weeklong writing fair that celebrates literacy. More ›

Wall of Literacy Learning Exemplifies Student Writing

The Voice, January-February 2000
Lynne Alvine
Members of the Rural Voices team and the site directors from the Southcentral Pennsylvania Writing Project create a "wall of literacy" which exemplifies students' writing development across the age ranges. More ›

Western Massachusetts WP Finds 'Real' Audiences for Student Writing

The Voice, Winter/Spring 1998
Diana Callahan, Pat Hunter, Charles Moran, Bruce Penniman
Several publication projects sponsored by WMWP involve students and teachers in creating writing for real audiences. More ›

Kids Publish On Line at KidPub: www.kidpub.org/kidpub/

The Voice, Spring/Summer 1997
Peggy Trump Loofbourrow
Loofbourrow recommends websites on which students can publish their writing. More ›

So You Want Your Students to Write a Book?

The Quarterly, Spring/Summer 1994
Gay Rapley
In a new team-taught African-American studies course for students from ninth to twelfth grades, Gay Rapley and the two other teachers have their students write the textbook. After interviewing African-American people in their community, each student in the Louisville, Kentucky class contributes a few pieces to a published book compilation of historical interviews. After a rocky beginning the students not only develop writing, thinking, and communication skills, but also become aware of the cultural richness of Louisville's African-American community. More ›

Stories Inside Stories: Creating Successful Writers in an Urban High School

The Quarterly, Fall 1990
Judith Baker, Joe Check
Providing a group of urban high school students with the real work of producing a student newspaper allowed them to succeed in new ways as writers. More ›

How to Publish Student Writing

The Quarterly, October 1984
Bill Bridges
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