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 10 a.m. - noon (EST) on the following dates to explore a variety of genres:

  • May 14: Journal Writing (Students will receive lots of prompts for the summer!)

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 Alumni Event - for Ages 18 and Up

We will celebrate our first adult Inkstains event for everyone who has ever attended Inkstains summer writing camp. 
We will showcase the anthologies that we find in the archives. 
We will have writing prompts and sharing time. 
May 18, 6-8 p.m. EST 
EMU Student Center, room 352
Registration available soon!

Inkstains Summer Writing Camps 2022

Registration now open!

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


High school - July 11-15 - 10 a.m.-2 p.m. - for students entering grades 9-recent 2022 high school graduates
Middle school - July 18-22 - 10 a.m.-2 p.m. - for students entering grades 6-8
Elementary school - July 18-22 - 10 a.m.-noon - for students entering grades 3-5
Online - July 25-29 - 10 a.m.-2 p.m. - for students entering grades 6-recent 2022 high school graduates

Register for an Inkstains Summer Writing Camp today!

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 Workshop Offerings 2022

Registration now open!

All three workshops will be offered in person but will move to an online format if the minimum quota is not met to meet in person.
Teacher as writer: including self-care and balancing personal and professional identities - June 28-30 (T-Th)
Teacher as practitioner - July 19-21 (T-Th)
Teacher as researcher: Introduction to teacher research - July 26-28 (T-Th)

Register for one or more of these Summer Institute workshops today!

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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