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Marlboro College Hosts Writing Institute

Brattleboro, VT-- Marlboro College and the National Writing Project in Vermont (NWPVT) have partnered to sponsor a week-long writing institute for K-12 teachers. The institute, “Writing and Really Writing: An Exploration of Ways to Inspire Student Writers,”  will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. from Monday, June 27 to Friday, July 1at the Marlboro College Graduate Center at 21 Vernon Street in Brattleboro. Registration fee is $375, and there is the possibility of earning graduate and undergraduate credit.

The institute will focus on both writing and teaching techniques. Among the topics that will be explored are strategies for encouraging and responding to student writing; best practices for teaching writing, including expository writing, the SATs and the college essay; developing outlets for publishing student and personal work; discussing the current professional literature; experimenting with different writing forms and techniques; and building a writing community.

Sessions will be led by young adult book writer and Marlboro College Professor of Literature and Humanities Laura Stevenson and Natalie Brennan, a writer and teacher consultant for NWPVT.

Laura Stevenson is the author of Praise and Paradox: Merchants and Craftsmen in Elizabethan Popular Literature (1984) and four young adult novels, Happily After All (1990), The Island and the Ring (1991), All the King's Horses (2001) and A Castle in the Window, (2003). Stevenson has taught at Marlboro College since 1986. She earned a B.A. at the University of Michigan and an MA and  Ph.D. in history at Yale University.

Natalie Brennan, a 2004 NWPVT Summer Fellow, conducts writing workshops for education professionals and students as a teacher-consultant for NWPVT. She is also an outreach counselor with the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC), where she assists low-income, first-generation college-bound students and their families navigate the college admission and financial aid process. She earned her BA from Saint Michael’s College and an MA in Education from Tufts University.

If you would like to register or learn more about the event, please contact Geof Hewitt at ghewitt@doe.state.vt.us or (802) 828-3158.

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