Writing Matters Conference 2020
Writing to Reflect and Recharge
Our Students and Ourselves

Keynote Announced February 2020


Saturday, May 2, 2020 8:30 AM -3:30 PM 

Held at SUNY Cortland Campus
in Corey Union

Breakfast at 8:30 | Keynote at 9:00 |
Lunch at 1:00  | Sessions 9:00 – 3:30


A conference for teachers in all areas and levels K-12 and Across the Curriculum

This year we are focusing on how writing can provide a “breathing space” for teachers and students to reflect on their learning, their goals, and their experiences.  Reflecting can provide an alternative to the usual ways of doing things, allowing us to recharge (and give our students the same opportunity).

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 can use writing to create a learning community of writers that works – in every sense of the word.  Practicing teachers lead 100% of the panels. 

There are two ways to participate in the conference!

You can opt to present an interactive,
writing-based lesson to your colleagues at the conference,
taking the lead in sharing your practice with interested colleagues, or … 

simply attend and participate in the workshops and panels,
learning how other teachers have employed
writing in their classroom to promote learning.

No fee is charged for conference presenters.
Proposal submission date is March 15 by 9:00 PM.
Go to this link to propose a presentation.

Attending only:
Go to TST BOCES’ MyLearningPlan (Frontline: click here to register).
Conference fee is $50 for breakfast, lunch, and conference materials.
If you are paying, not your district, please write us to set that up before the conference. 

Graduate students are also invited to attend and are eligible for a partial fee waiver (click here to RSVP).

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

With gratitude for 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