Dr. Kelly Wissman, Keynote Speaker “Cultivating a ‘Beloved Community’: Collaborative Composing with Words and Images”


Writing Matters V

SUNY Cortland

Creating a Culture of Writing

March 10, 2018

  1. Thinking of presenting?  Submit your proposal by February 17 to lead a conference session;
  2. K-12 Teachers, register and pre-pay via TST BOCES;
  3. College faculty register here.
  4. Graduate students Register here.

See you on March 10 in Corey Union, SUNY Cortland.
Breakfast 8-9 | Conference 9-4
$50 Conference Fee / Special Rate for Graduate Students





PROPOSE A SESSION before February 17: Each session is led by an experienced teacher who shares a classroom strategy that uses writing to get the message across.  Whether you teach science, Social Studies, English, elementary education, or any other subject, we welcome your proposal to lead a session for teachers.  The key to getting your proposal accepted is that you tell us how you are challenged to get kids to learn (how photosynthesis works; how to workshop a paper; how to understand a concept in math; how to write to a penpal) and you will lead us through the process.  Most 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!  Go here to start your proposal: Writing Matters V.

INTERACTIVE SESSIONS:  Presentations at the Writing Matters conferences are practical and participant driven. Teachers leave Writing Matters V with effective and engaging ways to use writing in their classrooms, no matter the content area or level (K-16 and across the curriculum).


Proposals are invited from teachers who can share interactive ways to work in:

  • |new genres for classroom writing and storytelling
  • |propose ways to hold school-wide or beyond-school writing
  • |identify small, subtle ways to sneak in writing that will help students focus and reflect
  • |showcase ways to use digital writing media
  • |ways to make writing collaborative
  • |links between content areas (art and writing, literature and history, etc)
  • |“creative” ways to have students write

All sessions will allow audience participants to write, talk and collaborate.
Writing Matters is open to all grade level teachers K-16 and across the curriculum.

FORMAT:  The most common format is for teacher-presenters to lead either singly or in a team of two.  Roundtable discussions of 4-6 teachers on a relevant topic are also encouraged, but be sure to identify a chair who will organize the session, and describe how you’ll have participants (and leaders!) write in the session.   In all sessions, the audience and presenters are predominantly classroom teachers and writers.

MORE INFORMATION: 607-753-5945, or 7VWP@7VWP.com