The WNY Young Writers’ Studio opens it’s fourth season in just two weeks at the Kenan Center in Lockport. Sessions are also held at Union East Elementary School in Cheektowaga, New York. Last night, our crew of mentors and tech intern Andrew Toney spent the evening reviewing our curricula, evaluating iPad apps,¬† and learning how to provide high quality feedback to elementary writers. Next week, I’ll be meeting with the teachers who will be joining our program in order to earn professional development credit. They will be setting goals and crafting their action plans for the upcoming season. It isn’t too late to join us if you or your child would like to!

What is Studio? It is a lasting community of writers and teachers of writing. The youngest fellows are six years of age, and we also have a thriving middle and high school community as well. Fellows of that program who express interests in becoming  teachers of writing have the opportunity to mentor elementary writers throughout the year. This experience is both rigorous and rewarding, and those who complete it earn significant service hours as well. Teachers who join us do so at no cost, and they may earn up to 40 hours of professional development credit for their participation, at the discretion of their administrators. Most Studio fellows return year after year and assume leadership roles within our organization over time.

Interested in learning more? Hop over to our website, where you can explore our vision, details about past and upcoming events, and registration information with greater detail.

I’m looking forward to writing with everyone this year!


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