Teachers as Writers

We Are Writers

We believe that the best teachers of writing are teachers that write. As a member of the Eastern Michigan Writing Project,
you become a member of a writing community, a group of teachers that engage in meaningful and authentic writing experiences.

Saturday Sacred Writing Times
 Even when our schedules are increasingly filled throughout the school year, being a part of this writing community means that you’re invited for occasional Saturday meet-ups. Enjoy the encouragement and support from teacher-writers all year long and use it as an opportunity to work on that piece that you have wanted to write.

These Sacred Writing Times will be announced as they are scheduled. If you would like to be included contact Angela Knight.

Writing Marathons

EMWP TCs find writing inspiration everywhere. Every Summer Institute and every Writing Retreat begin with a writing marathon, a chance for teacher-writers to fill their writer’s notebooks in a judgment-free space. Whether it’s the Leslie Science Center, the Tall Ship Manitou on the Grand Traverse Bay, or the Ann Arbor Municipal Airport, our teacher consultants find writing around them and to share with others.

This past summer, teacher consultants from past institutes even went on a “rogue” marathon. With the help of Teacher Consultants Kevin English and Beth 

Shaum, TCs from many summer institutes reunited to find writing camaraderie.

Writing Retreats

Guided by Teacher Consultants Angela Knight and Kris Gedeon,  EMWP teacher consultants travel to Eastern Michigan University’s Parsons Center in Lake Ann, Michigan. There, these teachers share writing prompts, find their muses, and embrace opportunities to share their writing goals and pieces with other teachers. Angela and Kris have been coordinating these retreats since 2009. 


"The freedom to pursue what is interesting without knowing exactly how it fits into particular pieces to be written or specific goals was critical to the success of our retreat." 
–Ellen Daniel, Ann Arbor Public Schools

A chance to rest and play
An opportunity to be creative
No more rushing or stressing
Time to let nature heal me. 
–Laurie Lahti, Huron Valley Schools

"And trip after trip, I’m reminded that these people get me." 
–Kevin English, Wayne-Westland Community Schools

Read about previous retreats by visiting these eMuse articles:

Every retreat includes a visit to Moomers for ice cream.