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Young writers’ program offered

Young writers’ program offered

Posted: Friday, September 23, 2011 6:03 pm

Martin — The University of Tennessee at Martin will host another year of Young Writers’ Clubhouses as part of the West Tennessee Writing Project (WTWP). The clubhouses are a series of writing experiences for third through eighth graders held on Saturdays from October to March. In addition to clubhouses in Martin, Jackson and Ripley, two sessions are available for the first time at the UT Martin Parsons Center.
“Thanks to the dedicated teacher-leaders of the program, more students are writing in West Tennessee in a variety of genres,” said Dr. David Carithers, assistant professor of English and WTWP director.  
“They have fun while building important literacy skills that will help them in their classrooms and beyond.”    
Each clubhouse will offer writing workshops, mini-lessons on content and editing strategies, writing response groups and one-on-one conferences with WTWP teachers. The dates, locations and themes for this year’s sessions are as follows:
• Oct. 8 – Writing our Memories: Personal Writing – Ripley (UT Martin Ripley Center)
• Oct. 15 – Mystery Behind our Masks: Stories and Personal Narratives from Different Perspectives – Parsons (UT Martin Parsons Center)
• Nov. 5 – Books in the Making: Creating and Writing Books – Jackson (St. Mary’s School)
• Nov. 5 – Extra! Extra! Write all About It!: Newspapers in the Making – Martin (Gooch Hall, UT Martin main campus)
• Feb. 18 – Extra! Extra! Write all About It!: Newspapers in the Making – Ripley (UT Martin Ripley Center)
• Feb. 25 – Digital Storytelling – Jackson (St. Mary’s School)
• Feb. 25 – Hunting for Mysteries: a Scavenger Hunt – Martin (Gooch Hall, UT Martin main campus)
• March 10 – Fantastic Futuristic Fairy Tales: Re-Writing the Classics – Parsons (UT Martin Parsons Center)
• Experienced teachers acting as WTWP teacher-consultants lead the sessions.
Andi Neihoff and Kristy Dowden are program co-directors.  
Neihoff has been teaching language arts at St. Mary’s School in Jackson for 11 years and has been actively involved with WTWP since 2005. Kristy Dowden has been a fourth grade teacher at Union City Elementary School for seven years and began her work with WTWP’s Young Writers’ Programs in 2010.  Registration is $35 per session or two sessions for $60. Online registration is offered through the UT Martin Office of Extended Campus and Online Studies at For more information on registration, call the office at 881-7082.  Limited scholarships are available through the David Brandon Young Writers Scholarship Fund.  
For a scholarship application, contact Carithers at or call 881-7290.
 wcp 9/22/11


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