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!

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.

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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