Writing Matters Conference 2020
Theme Announcement January 2020

Keynote Announced December 2019


SUNY Cortland Corey Union
May 4, 2019, 8:30-3:30
Breakfast at 8:30 | Keynote at 9:00 |
Lunch at 1:00  | Sessions 9:00 – 3:30

K-12 Teachers register @ TST BOCES
Grad Students register here.

Writing conference for teachers, by teachers 

K-12 and in all classrooms

This conference is designed and delivered by K-12 teachers from the region in concert with the Seven Valleys Writing Project. Panel sessions provide concrete strategies for teachers to use in any classroom, K-12, and give practical tips on how teachers to can use writing themselves to create a community of writers that works — in every sense of the word.

Practicing teachers lead 100% of the panels.  If you are interested in presenting,  go to this link to propose a topic.  The key to getting your paper proposal accepted is that you do more than tell us that writing is useful; you show how your class can use writing to understand a concept, solve a problem, extend an idea.  We recommend you find your paper topic in something that matters to your teaching — how photosynthesis works; how to workshop a paper; how to understand a concept in math; how to teach students what they already know about history — and you teach us through the process by having us use writing.  Successful proposals have the audience of 10-15 teachers write, share their writing, talk, and write some more.  We think the best way to illustrate the use of writing is to have people actually write!  Seven Valleys is more than happy to help support you as you draft your panel proposal.  Each session is about 50 minutes long.

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

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