Rhode Island Writing Project

The mission of the Rhode Island Writing Project is to improve writing, reading, and learning in Rhode Island's schools.

Our professional development model recognizes the primary importance of teacher knowledge, expertise, and leadership. Our work is grounded in the belief that the professional growth of teachers is essential to the growth of students.

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Write Time 2022-23 RSVP Form 03/21/2024

Write Time is tonight from 6:30-8 pm! Join Laura Maxwell for some dedicated writing time. She will have a prompt or you can work on one of your own pieces/projects.

Write Time 2022-23 RSVP Form Please complete the following form so we can get an idea of who will be attending these events. All meetings take place virtually on the third Sunday of each month from 3-4:30 pm. Laura Maxwell will be hosting these events at https://meet.google.com/zyo-dxwe-cgh. Dates are: September 18, October 16,...

02/17/2024

Join us and Write RI on Saturday, March 16th from 10 am - 12 pm at RIC for a morning of writing, art, and light movement designed for your own personal practice and renewal. Our theme will be “Tend Your Garden,” with activities that allow us to “dig” into our memories of cultivating food from seed, preparing food with/for loved ones, and enjoying meals of all kinds. You’ll leave with your own artwork, a variety of writing pieces, and a more relaxed body. Register here: https://forms.gle/3hKEnPePHpH1dzQZ9 This event is free! Bring a friend!

’Tis the Season -the Cold and Flu Season 02/17/2024

Teachers, as you enjoy your February break, be sure to allow time for rest. Anne Pedro reminds us that vacations are when our bodies seem to decide that it's okay to get sick. Read her blog here:

’Tis the Season -the Cold and Flu Season Ah, Christmas vacation: the school break bookended by holidays, ensuring it will not be an opportunity for true rest and rejuvenation. I…

Photos from Rhode Island Writing Project's post 02/11/2024

Thanks to all who participated in our AI Forum Saturday! There were many productive conversations. Special shout-out to Alyssa Mason and Keith Sanzen for curating the content!

RIWP AI Forum: Saturday, 2/10/24 from 9:00 AM -12:00 PM, Horace Mann Hall at Rhode Island College 01/06/2024

The RIWP invites you to an engaging forum on Saturday, February 10, from 9 AM to 12 PM, tailored for teachers who are interested in the promises and perils of integrating text-based AI into their classrooms and its impact on literacy education, particularly when it comes to teaching writing. In true RIWP style, we will do some writing, devote some playtime to different resources and tools, and then come together to discuss next steps for us as individuals, as members of school communities, and as part of the RIWP. This unique opportunity allows teachers to collaborate, share insights, and discuss practical applications of AI in teaching. Whether you're curious about harnessing the power of AI or have experience to contribute, our forum aims to foster a dynamic exchange of ideas. Join us for this enriching conversation! Space is limited so sign up soon. Continental breakfast is included. Sign up here:

RIWP AI Forum: Saturday, 2/10/24 from 9:00 AM -12:00 PM, Horace Mann Hall at Rhode Island College The image above is a royalty free image from PickPik

The Right Time for Write Time 12/10/2023

If you enjoy writing, but don't make as much time for it as you'd like, this is for you. The Rhode Island Writing Project sponsors free monthly writing get-togethers for teachers. In each 90-minute session, we write (a prompt is provided, if you need one), we share (but only if you want to), we say thank you. Let us know times that work for you and we’ll do our best to shape the 2024 schedule around your preferences. Please respond by December 15.

The Right Time for Write Time If you enjoy writing, but don't make as much time for it as you'd like, this is for you. The Rhode Island Writing Project sponsors free monthly writing get-togethers for teachers. In each 90-minute session, we write (a prompt is provided, if you need one), we share (but only if you want to), we say....

Photos from Rhode Island Writing Project's post 10/29/2023

Thanks to all who came to our mini-OAI at C**t State Park yesterday! We had a beautiful day of writing, hiking, and eating cider doughnuts.

My Honest Blog by Brittany Richer Ahnrud 10/16/2023

Check out this amazing blog by our very own Brittany Richer Ahnrud. I will be using her ideas when I teach my writing methods course in the spring!

My Honest Blog by Brittany Richer Ahnrud My ears perked up last June when my principal told me I’d be teaching a class called “Writing Lab.” They fell a little when the reasoning…

Rhode Island Writing Project Survey: Artificial Intelligence in the Classroom 10/15/2023

Hi folks! The RIWP is launching a project investigating how AI (as in ChatGPT, etc.) is being used in RI schools. We would love to have your input. Please fill out the following survey: https://forms.gle/YvLFZTNwH7HB12MH8
If you are interested in being part of our team, there's space to indicate that.

Rhode Island Writing Project Survey: Artificial Intelligence in the Classroom The image above was created by: Mike MacKenzie. It is used with permission under the Creative Commons License: Flickr | License details

09/20/2023

Anne Barnhart is headed for an overseas adventure on her sabbatical, thus relinquishing her duties as RIWP Co-Director. I will miss her as a colleague but mostly as a friend. Here are 10 things I appreciate and will miss while she’s gone:

10. She is a fellow lover of IPAs.

9. She makes beautiful ceramics and gifted me with a set of yogurt/ice cream bowls.

8. She laughs as she watches her cats climb the curtains or get into other forms of chaos.

7. She shares her latest reading in her email signature.

6. She writes poems that exhibit deep intelligence, curiosity, and awareness.

5. She texted me every day when my mom was in the hospital.

4. She supports me with RI Writing Project work, even when I grow feral in certain situations.

3. She organized the Open Air Institute for many years, helping it become an RIWP favorite.

2. She led the Writing Institute for Educators (WIfE) and ran the RIWP blog, encouraging writers at all ends of the spectrum from anxious to confident.

She taught me how to be a leader that shares the work, trusts the people, and enjoys process over perfection. (Or she tried, anyway).

Enjoy your trip, Anne! Can’t wait to see and hear about your adventures :).

The Time Given to Us by Keith Sanzen 09/15/2023

Keith Sanzen has used his usual wit and wisdom to kick off the RIWP blog this season. Enjoy!

The Time Given to Us by Keith Sanzen Welcome back to school and the end of education as we know it. Again.

07/27/2023

Looking for some fun PD? Teachers, join us for this year's edition of the Open Air Institute on Aug. 1,2,3. The weather looks great! We will explore lil' Rhody through the lens of four elements: earth, air, fire and water. Register at https://www.ric.edu/academics/ri-writing-project. More info below. It's going to be epic! Sign up by Monday at noon.

RI Writing Project 07/05/2023

The registration deadline for New Teacher Camp, Find Your W.A.Y, and Hacking Your High Quality Curriculum has been extended until Friday July 7th!

If you are in years 1-3, New Teacher Camp will provide you with the support and community to help you thrive. Camp will be held July 10-14 from 8am - 2pm at Rhode Island College. Best of all, it's free!

When was the last time you were able to write, create art, and do yoga all in the same day? That's what you'll get to do with Find your W.A.Y. - for three days in a row! Give yourself the gift of reconnecting with these creative outlets in community with other educators from across the state. You'll also plan for what you can bring back to your classroom and personal life in the fall. Find Your W.A.Y. will meet July 18-20 from 8am - 2pm at RIC. $100 for teachers, $75 for teacher candidates.

Implementing a "High Quality" curriculum feels like...? That's the question you'll start with on Day 1 of Hacking Your High Quality Curriculum. After some framing and grounding, you'll have time to rearrange, remove, and revise something from your curriculum. You'll celebrate your accomplishments across the three days and move into the school year with renewed purpose and energy. Hacking Your High
Quality Curriculum will meet July 25-27 from 8am - 2pm at RIC. $100 for teachers, $75 for teacher candidates.

Sign up for all programs here: https://www.ric.edu/academics/ri-writing-project

As always PLUs will be available upon completion of all workshops. We hope to see you soon!

RI Writing Project The Rhode Island Writing Project (RIWP) is offering a wide array of opportunities for teachers to renew, reflect, and recharge this summer We are also pleased to offer our annual two-week writing camp for K-12 students. All events will take place on the RIC campus unless otherwise specified. See the...

06/29/2023
RI Writing Project 06/29/2023

RIWP SUMMER EVENTS REGISTRATION ALERT! July 1 is the deadline for New Teacher Camp, Writing/Art/Yoga, and Hacking your High Quality Curriculum. See below for more info:

New Teacher Camp for Teachers Entering Years 1-3 (July 10-14 8am-2pm)
New Teacher Camp is designed for rookie teachers who will work together to understand the RIWP philosophy, develop strategies for successful teaching practices, efficient daily routines, self-care, and lifelines for your first few years.
This will include full-group gatherings in the morning and afternoon, abundant individual writing time, talks from counselors and special guests, and several choices for additional learning. Teachers will take away increased confidence in their teacher and writer identities, insights into the daily life of strong teachers, and a knapsack full of strategies to make next year less hectic, more adventurous, and truly magical. Register by July 1.
COST: FREE
Please sign up here: https://tinyurl.com/yvxkutbt

We are also offering 3-day mini-camps for teachers:

Find your W.A.Y.: Writing. Art. Yoga. (July 18-20 8am-2pm)
Teachers will engage in experiential practices (led by experts in each area) and make a plan for what they will bring to the classroom in the fall.
Hacking Your High Quality Curriculum: Empowering Teachers and Engaging Students (July 25-27, 8am- 2pm)
Teachers will examine ways to make their scripted curriculum feel more authentic and use problem-solving protocols to examine dilemmas of implementation.
Open Air Institute (August 1-3 8:30am-3pm)
In this place-based program, we explore sites across RI and integrate state and local history, geography, and culture with writing and educational best practices.

COST: $100 per mini-camp, or $250 for all three mini-camps.
Please sign up here: https://www.ric.edu/academics/ri-writing-project

RI Writing Project The Rhode Island Writing Project (RIWP) is offering a wide array of opportunities for teachers to renew, reflect, and recharge this summer We are also pleased to offer our annual two-week writing camp for K-12 students. All events will take place on the RIC campus unless otherwise specified. See the...

RI Writing Project 06/29/2023

RI Writing Project The Rhode Island Writing Project (RIWP) is offering a wide array of opportunities for teachers to renew, reflect, and recharge this summer We are also pleased to offer our annual two-week writing camp for K-12 students. All events will take place on the RIC campus unless otherwise specified. See the...

RI Writing Project 06/17/2023

Hey Teachers! Hope to see you for some renewal and rejuvenation this summer at the RIWP! See below for our regular and new offerings:

Annual Summer Institute for Teachers (July 10-14 8am-2pm; two Saturdays during the school year).
The SI is an immersive professional development experience for K-12 teachers of all content areas who are committed to writing and the teaching of writing. Built on the teachers-teaching-teachers model, together we will renew our identities as writers, share our pedagogical expertise, and explore texts to help us push back on the inequities in education. Register by June 24.

New Teacher Camp for Teachers Entering Years 1-3 (July 10-14 8am-2pm)
New Teacher Camp is designed for rookie teachers who will work together to understand the RIWP philosophy, develop strategies for successful teaching practices, efficient daily routines, self-care, and lifelines for your first few years.
Register by July 1.
COST: FREE

We are also offering 3-day mini-camps for teachers:

Find your W.A.Y.: Writing. Art. Yoga. (July 18-20 8am-2pm)
Teachers will engage in experiential practices (led by experts in each area) and make a plan for what they will bring to the classroom in the fall.

Hacking Your High Quality Curriculum: Empowering Teachers and Engaging Students (July 25-27, 8am- 2pm)
Teachers will examine ways to make their scripted curriculum feel more authentic and use problem-solving protocols to examine dilemmas of implementation.

Open Air Institute (August 1-3 8:30am-3pm)
In this place-based program, we explore sites across RI and integrate state and local history, geography, and culture with writing and educational best practices.

More information and sign up here:

RI Writing Project The Rhode Island Writing Project (RIWP) is offering a wide array of opportunities for teachers to renew, reflect, and recharge this summer We are also pleased to offer our annual two-week writing camp for K-12 students. All events will take place on the RIC campus unless otherwise specified. See the...

05/31/2023

The Rhode Island Writing Project (RIWP) is offering a wide array of opportunities for teachers to renew, reflect, and recharge this summer. We are also pleased to offer our annual two-week writing camp for K-12 students. All events will take place on the RIC campus unless otherwise specified. See below for details.

Please sign up and get more information here: https://www.ric.edu/academics/ri-writing-project

You can also email RIWP Site Director Janet Johnson at [email protected] or [email protected]. For info about the kids' camp, email [email protected].

05/04/2023

Please join us THIS SATURDAY! It's the spring Open Air Institute led by Keith Sanzen on Saturday, May 6 from 8:30-2:30. The theme is "Crime in Rhode Island." Experience a day of professional development in East Greenwich involving motives, mayhem, made men, and murder. Participate in interesting activities to bring back to your classroom to engage students in reading, writing, listening, speaking, and thinking.
Register at https://commerce.cashnet.com/RICWPPROD Registration closes on Thursday, May 4.
Questions? Email Jeff Lawton at [email protected].

Transact Campus

04/15/2023

Join us for the spring Open Air Institute led by Keith Sanzen on Saturday, May 6 from 8:30-2:30. The theme is "Crime in Rhode Island." Experience a day of professional development in East Greenwich involving motives, mayhem, made men, and murder. Participate in interesting activities to bring back to your classroom to engage students in reading, writing, listening, speaking, and thinking.
Register at https://commerce.cashnet.com/RICWPPROD Registration closes on Wednesday, May 3.
Questions? Email Jeff Lawton at [email protected].

Transact Campus

Write Time 2022-23 RSVP Form 04/15/2023

Write Time is tomorrow, Sunday, April 16, from 3-4:30 with the marvelous Laura Maxwell! Bring your own piece for some dedicated time or respond to a prompt. You can register here: https://forms.gle/nwEZs4E5c22XoqKi8 or just show up at this link: https://meet.google.com/zyo-dxwe-cgh.

Write Time 2022-23 RSVP Form Please complete the following form so we can get an idea of who will be attending these events. All meetings take place virtually on the third Sunday of each month from 3-4:30 pm. Laura Maxwell will be hosting these events at https://meet.google.com/zyo-dxwe-cgh. Dates are: September 18, October 16,...

Write Time 2022-23 RSVP Form 03/18/2023

To follow up our Spring Conference, we offer Write Time tomorrow, Sunday, March 19, from 3-4:30 pm. Join host Laura Maxwell for dedicated time for writing. No topic? No problem. Laura will have something to inspire you. Sign up here to see the link:

Write Time 2022-23 RSVP Form Please complete the following form so we can get an idea of who will be attending these events. All meetings take place virtually on the third Sunday of each month from 3-4:30 pm. Laura Maxwell will be hosting these events at https://meet.google.com/zyo-dxwe-cgh. Dates are: September 18, October 16,...

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