Eastern Michigan Writing Project

The Eastern Michigan Writing Project expands the identity of teachers as writers to improve the teaching of writing.

A mother and her three daughers sitting together in a library.
A family at one of our Family Writing Series.
A mother and her three daughers sitting together in a library.

A family at one of our Family Writing Series.

Inkstains: Signature Saturdays 2021-2022

Writers in grades 3-12 are invited to join us online for Inkstains: Signature Saturdays! We will meet virtually from 1-3 p.m. on the following dates to explore a variety of genres:

  • October 30: Mystery/Horror or NaNoWriMo Prep: Create a Character
  • November 6: Character Building or Short Story/Chapter Writing
  • December 11: FanFiction + Add Your Character to Your Favorite Universe/Flash Fiction
  • January 8: Protest/Proactivity and Empowerment
  • February 5: Personal Narrative/Realistic Fiction
  • March 5: Nature as Beauty/Environmentalism
  • April 9: Poetry Palooza!
  • May - TBA

The cost for writers to attend Inkstains: Signature Saturdays is $10 per session or $50 to attend all eight.

To register, please visit the Inkstains: Signature Saturdays registration page.

To learn more about Inkstains: Signature Saturdays, please send an email to [email protected]

Inkstains Summer Writing Camps 2022

Registration will open early 2022!

Student writers experience the support of camp teachers and peers when they attend Inkstains Summer Writing Camps.

Registration for next summer's virtual writing camps for students entering grades 3-12 will open in the new year!

Sponsor a student!

Are you in the position to be able to financially help support a young writer who would like to attend Inkstains?

If so, you can make a donation of any amount to the Eastern Michigan Writing Project for that purpose.

Go to the EMU Foundation's Make a Gift webpage and select the Eastern Michigan Writing Project Development Fund (01881). In the comment box, add a note that your donation is to be used for an Inkstains scholarship. Please also email Angela Knight at [email protected] to let her know of your donation so that she can then follow up with the EMU Foundation.

Summer Institute 2022

Teachers from all subject areas and disciplines, grades K-college, are invited to attend the EMWP Summer Institute: Initiatives in Writing 2022. Also included is a pre-institute meeting in the spring and two post-institute meetings in fall 2022. Registration will open early 2022.

Launched in the mid-1980s, the Eastern Michigan Writing Project (EMWP) is one of 11 sites of the National Writing Projects of Michigan and one of more than 200 sites of the National Writing Project. The EMWP seeks to improve student writing and thinking by improving the teaching of writing, provide professional development programs for classroom teachers and expand the professional roles of teachers.

Sponsor a teacher!

Did the EMWP inspire and transform your teaching? Would you like to help support another teacher in experiencing the joy and community of this energizing professional learning community?

If your answer to these questions is YES, please consider sponsoring a teacher for the EMWP Summer Institute.

Go to the EMU Foundation's Make a Gift webpage and select the Eastern Michigan Writing Project Development Fund (01881). In the comment box, add a note that your donation is to be used to sponsor a teacher for the EMWP Summer Institute. Please also email Angela Knight at [email protected] to let her know of your donation so that she can then follow up with the EMU Foundation.

Family Literacy Initiative

The Eastern Michigan Writing Project (EMWP) is pleased to offer workshops [PDF] for parents, families, and teens through our Family Literacy Initiative—including a four-part workshop series specially designed for English learners and their families that culminates in a celebration of writing and published storybook of the participants’ writing!  

For almost 15 years now, the EMWP has been partnering with area schools, libraries, and other non-profit organizations to offer workshops for parents and families that promote writing.  The purpose of the Family Literacy Initiative is to reach out and offer parents insight into the writing process so that they can better support their child’s learning at school by encouraging and helping their children with writing at home.

Bring a Family Literacy Workshop to Your School or Organization

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