LIWP Saturday Series 2017

The Power of Voice

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The Long Island Writing Project Saturday Series 2017

This 2016-2017 school year, the LIWP will collaborate to ask and answer questions when it comes to voice in writing. Whose voices do we mostly hear? Whose voices need to still be heard? How can educators and students use their voice in writing to make positive changes in our world?


Please RSVP to Darshna Katwala if you are planning to attend the workshops in the Saturday Series. The workshops are free for educators, grades K-College. We encourage you to become members of the Long Island Writing Project! To become a member, click here and send your $25 check to Darshna Katwala at the address provided on the form.

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Elements of Argument Writing

Jane Maher will conduct a workshop in which we will examine the elements of an effective argument using Dr. Martin Luther King's "Letter from Birmingham Jail." Although the letter is iconic, few people realize how carefully and logically the letter systematically and logically rebuts the claims made by the eight Alabama clergymen who wrote an open letter to Dr. King urging him to "observe the principles of law and order and common sense." By examining King's reply through close reading, discussion, and the examination of other primary documents, participants will more deeply understand the purpose and power of argument as a tool for justice and progress. It is essential, particularly given the divisive political climate in which we are living today, that our students understand how to use writing to make and support claims that are vital to them, and to our society.


This workshop will take place on February 11th from 9:30am-12:00 pm at Nassau Community College in the CCB Building, room to be announced.

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Voice and the Voiceless: Analyzing Holocaust Artifacts to Uncover Individual Stories

After examining and discussing the historical significance of Holocaust artifacts, artwork, and literature, participants will respond to the presentation through their own writing as they explore feelings, perspectives, and emotions connected to the Holocaust. Participants will also explore, through written response and discussion, how stories, art work, and artifacts illuminate the diversity of human experience.


Victoria Alessi will facilitate this workshop. It will take place on March 4th from 10:00am-12:30 pm at the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County.

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Reflections from the College Ready Writers Program

Kristen Stritzl and Beth Finneran will share lessons and strategies from their work with the College Ready Writers Program, including Letters to the Next President 2.0.


This workshop will take place on April 29th at Nassau Community College, in the CCB Building, room to be determined. It will start at 9:30am and end at 12:00pm.

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Writing Marathon

Join the LIWP as we use the historic site, artifacts, and location of the Walt Whitman birthplace as inspiration for prose and poetry. Gather with colleagues and friends to share your writing. Explore the concept of teacher as a writer and learn about how place-based writing can energize your writing and your classroom.


This workshop will take place on May 13th at the Walt Whitman Birthplace State HIstoric Site, from 11:30am-2:00pm. It will be facilitated by Heidi Atlas and Darshna Katwala.

The Long Island Writing Project

The Long Island Writing Project (LIWP) works to improve the teaching of writing and reading across grade level and discipline. As one of 200 sites of the National Writing Project, we are part of the premiere research-based, teacher-led professional development organization in the country. We believe that good education starts with effective teachers, and our workshops build on the knowledge and expertise that teachers already bring to the classroom. We believe that all children, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, socioeconomic status, country or language of origin, sexual orientation, or resources of their school district, deserve an education that welcomes them into a community of readers, writers and learners and enables them to develop to their full capacity.