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Long Island Writing Project 2019-2020 Membership Letter

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We Welcome You to the Long Island Writing Project!

Dear Educator,

George Orwell said, “If people cannot write well, they cannot think well, and if they cannot think well, others will do their thinking for them.” We know that writing well is more important than ever for the students in our classrooms. The Long Island Writing Project is a valuable resource to help teachers and students develop their writing and thinking skills. We would love to tell you more about who we are and what we offer!

We are hosting a "Taste of the LIWP" event on Thursday, September 26th from 4:30 pm-6:00 pm at Nassau Community College in the Tower building, on the top floor. If you are new to the Long Island Writing Project and want to see us in action, we hope you will join us!

If you are already aware of all that the Long Island Writing Project offers educators, we sincerely hope you will become a member this school year, 2019-2020. Your membership and $25 dues helps us with our initiatives for educators and students. Please print the form below and mail it, with your $25 dues, to Darshna Katwala (address listed on the form.)

We wish you a joyful and productive year of teaching and learning!


Darshna Katwala, Director of the Long Island Writing Project

Heidi Atlas, Co-Director of the Long Island Writing Project

Kathleen Neagle Sokolowski, Co-Director of the Long Island Writing Project

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2019-2020 Theme: Writing Across Borders

The Long Island Writing Project theme for the 2019-2020 year is “Writing Across Borders.” We think of borders as the boundaries that, at times, separate us from people, places, and ideas. Writing is a means of connection and a bridge from one space to another. We seek to find ways to become more connected than divided, to use writing as a tool for empathy, information, and growth. Our workshops this year will all tie back to the idea that we can use writing to cross all kinds of barriers towards a more just society.

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Taste of the LIWP- 9/26

Saturday Workshop: Nicole Mirra on Critical Civic Empathy in Troubled Times

The Long Island Writing Project is proud to present free workshops to educators as part of our "Saturday Series". The 2019-2020 series kicks off with one of the recent 2019 NCTE Leadership Award recipients, author and educator Dr. Nicole Mirra. Dr. Mirra is currently an assistant professor of urban education in the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University. She is the author of Educating for Empathy: Literacy Learning and Civic Engagement (Teachers College Press, 2018) and the co-author of Doing Youth Participatory Action Research: Transforming Inquiry with Researchers, Educators and Students (Routledge, 2015).

Join the LIWP for Dr. Mirra's workshop, entitled: "I Hesitate, But I Have Hope: Critical Civic Empathy in Troubled Times." The workshop will take place on Saturday, October 19th from 9:30am-12:00 pm at Nassau Community College, CCB Building, Room 210. Please RSVP to Darshna Katwala ( if you plan to attend this workshop. We hope to see you for this important conversation.

Join the LIWP Educator Writing Group

Have you been working on a writing piece and are eager to share it? Do you want some feedback on a piece of writing? Do you just want to dedicate some time in your busy life to writing and sharing with others who enjoy writing? Consider joining the LIWP Writing Group! We invite new and returning members to attend this supportive writing group. Bring pen and paper or a device and we will provide the inspiration!

The Writing Group will meet at Nassau Community College in the CCB Building, Room 210. The group will meet from 4pm-6pm. The dates of the fall meetings are:

September 6th

October 4th

November 1st

December 6th

Please email Heidi Atlas to RSVP! (

About the Long Island Writing Project

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.

The Long Island Writing Project at SUNY Nassau Community College is an approved Sponsor of Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) pursuant to Section 80-6 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education, New York State Education Department (NYSED).

Consider the LIWP for your school's professional development needs:

Intentional Educator Planners from teacher consultant Dr. Nicolette James

Save the Date- Literacy Events in Our Area

Ed Camp Long Island: October 5, 2019- Commack Middle School

nErD Camp Long Island: November 2, 2019: James H. Boyd Intermediate School, Huntington

LILAC Spring Conference: March 2020 (date to be announced)

New York City Writing Project Teacher to Teacher Conference- May 1-2

Many of our LIWP teacher consultants will be presenting and participating in these local literacy events. We hope to see our members at these events as well and to continue learning and growing together as a community of educators on Long Island.