February 2016

Saturday Series: Writing Matters!

Our Saturday Series: Writing Matters kicked off on February 6th. (Blogging workshop was postponed in January due to the blizzard! We will keep you posted on a new date). Dr. Jane Maher led a thought-provoking conversation about revision- and when it doesn't work! Barbara Suter wrote a beautiful blog post, reflecting on the experience. Please click the link below ("Collaborative Professional Development: A Workshop on Teaching Revision") to read her thoughts on the workshop.

Here are the dates for our Saturday Series workshops. All will be held at Nassau Community College.

Coming soon!

Saturday, March 5, 2016: “Literary Lives: Writing Extraordinary Profiles of Ordinary People”
Lauren Jensen (teacher at Glen Cove High School)

Saturday, April 2, 2016: “The Power of Writing Poetry with ENL Students”
Barbara Suter (retired teacher, Bowling Green Elementary)

Saturday, May 7, 2016: “Great Minds Don’t Think Alike: Differentiated Writing Instruction”
Vicki Alessi (teacher at Great Hollow Middle School)

Saturday, June 4, 2016: “Awakening the Writer’s Mind with Movement & Theater Fun”
Jackie Seck McBrien (teacher at Sewanhaka High School)

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LIWP Voices- Blog post by Valerie Domenech

Each month, we highlight an LIWP educator, sharing his/her voice on our website. This month, Valerie reflects on best practices versus teaching for "the test." Do NOT miss her powerful post!

Friday Writes! Next meeting Friday, March 4th.

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Looking for a writing group? Join Friday Writes!

All are welcome to come share your writing and provide feedback and support to other teachers/writers in the LIWP. Meetings will be held at 359 Hazelhurst Avenue, on the Nassau Community College Campus in Garden City. Meetings will take place from 4pm- 7pm. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Heidi Atlas at

NYS Poetry Out Loud Regional Competition at NCC

The Long Island Writing Project is helping to coordinate the NYS Regional Poetry Out Loud Competition for area high schools. Please join us on Friday, February 26th at NCC in CCB's multipurpose room for the competition. LIWP members could come to cheer on students or volunteer to help. Please email Director Darshna Katwala if you are interested in attending or helping!

Should Educators Be Writers?

A couple of weeks ago, Kathy Neagle Sokolowski, one of our co-directors wrote a blog post for the Two Writing Teachers, a site where she is one of the co-authors. The post discussed the question: Should Educators Be Writers? You could read the post here:

Since the post, there has been a lot of discussion about ways to carry forth the message that educators should write. One way to promote this idea is to write one post-it a day to get back in the writing habit. If you are on social media, you can post it using #EDtime2wrt. Many of us are also asking our students to write a post-it a day and sharing it on social media with #Sstime2wrt. The post-its are jottings, noticings, thoughts- informal writing. Please feel free to join in this initiative! If you are interested in being part of a Voxer conversation with colleagues around the country on ways to promote writing, email Kathy at .

Check out all our LIWP coming events!

Interested in being an LIWP guest blogger? Let us know!

The Long Island Writing Project (LIWP)

The Long Island Writing Project (LIWP) is an official site of the National Writing Project, part of a federally-funded network of 200 sites nationwide and eight sites in New York State. Through our work with teachers in Nassau and Western Suffolk counties, we seek to improve writing, reading and learning in area schools. Since our inception in 1993, over 1000 teachers have participated in our programs.

The LIWP comprises teachers from kindergarten through university. Our seminar leaders are outstanding educators from different grade levels and disciplines in local schools, and we have a strong, ongoing partnership with Hofstra University's Department of Literacy Studies. LIWP teacher-consultants keep up with research and changes in education and their work is grounded in practical classroom approaches. Through our model of teachers teaching teachers, participants in the LIWP strengthen the classroom strategies they already find effective in teaching writing and develop new ones.

One of the most important foundational beliefs of our Project is that teachers improve their knowledge of teaching writing by writing themselves. Another is that the best way to improve our own teaching is through sharing what works with other effective teachers. We welcome your inquiries, and look forward to writing, learning and teaching with you.