Writing Matters

Learning Content in Storytelling

Writing Into Hope

9-12 Saturday, March something, 2023
 is online, free, practical, & forward-looking
and focused on the needs of post-Covid teachers all subject areas

This Writing Matters conference at SUNY Cortland will dive into effective, practical, community-building writing strategies that help students

Nicole Sieben
Dr. Nicole Sieben

reflect, &
learn together

Our keynote speaker is Nicole Sieben, author of Writing Hope Strategies, (Brill, 2018)

From David,
We always teach with hope: We hope students will communicate, remember, connect, enjoy themselves, surprise themselves, pass the test, sometimes just put words down on the page. 

Based on research and practice, we have found writing’s unique relationship to learning can emerge in any class–not just in ELA or English.

And writing is about hope. The act of writing itself is affirming. It suggests that there is or could be an audience. That the things we are trying to compose will sense to others. That we have something important to say.

Writing is therefore a powerful medium to face into challenges — like teaching post COVID. Sit in to learn (and share) some ways you might use writing in your class to help kids “come to terms” with what they are experiencing as learners.

This year’s Writing Matters conference at SUNY Cortland sponsors interactive, writing-rich sessions that explore how we can

  • have students connect with each other and the teacher through writing
  • make this crucial year’s education matter
  • help students to find their voice and a purpose for writing beyond the grade

Call the Seven Valleys Writing Project Director at 607-753-5945, or write at 7VWP@cortland.edu

With gratitude for the support provided by the National Writing Project, the Empire State Writing Project Network, Dryden Teacher Center, Cortland Teacher Center, Homer Teacher Center, TST BOCES, and the SUNY Cortland English Department