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The UWM Writing Project, Introductory Teen Writing Academy, Gr. 9-12


The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Writing Project is an active chapter of the National Writing Project (NWP). Founded in 1974, NWP’s ongoing mission is to provide writing teachers resources and training in order to cultivate new methods of teaching, research on teaching, and a professional community passionate about writing. Teacher-Consultants (TCs) participate in an accredited, graduate level Summer Institute, as well as smaller in-services throughout the year.
College for Kids/Teens’ partnership with the UWM Writing Project offers student writers a chance to work with three professionally and academically trained TCs per class! One instructor for every five or six students. These instructors utilize materials from the Writing Project to shape a classroom of supportive learning.

Introductory Teen Writing Academy
Sponsored by the UWMWP, this writing class is designed specifically for teen students who are interested in practicing writing across three genres: Fiction, Poetry, and Non-Fiction/Essay. These classes are facilitated by experienced writers and teachers who will introduce writing activities that are fun, helpful, and inspiring to the imagination! 


Our student writers will:

  • Explore concepts from three genres
  • Choose two genres and produce polished writing pieces
  • Learn writing techniques used by professional writers
  • Receive individual instruction and response in small groups
  • Cultivate an initial writing process: brainstorming, free writing, drafting, and revising
  • Celebrate writing with a culminating community event designed to share our writing with parents, teachers and peers

We utilize a strong curriculum anchored by low teacher-to-student ratios. This allows us the opportunity to know writers as individuals!

This is open to all students who are interested in writing even if they have not participated in other writing programs (some background in writing is welcomed and encouraged but not mandatory). Students can bring previous work but will spend the week focused on new writing projects in the three genre areas.

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Please Note: There is a 30-minute, supervised lunch break every day. Please bring a bag lunch or, if you have permission to leave unattended, you can purchase lunch at the Student Union.
Mon.-Fri., July 6-10
Location: UWM Union, Terrace Room, 2200 Kenwood Ave., Milwaukee, WI
Instructor: Peter Brooks, and other UWMWP-approved instructors
Enrollment Limit: 16
Program No. 8440-4001
Note: Gr. 9-12
Class is full. Please call 414-229-6364 to be added to the wait list.
This session is full. Registrations are no longer being accepted.


2015 College for Kids & Teens Catalog

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College for Kids/Teens Summer 2015 Office
will be located in the Union, Rooom 143
Our summer office will be located in the Student Union, 2200 E Kenwood Blvd., room 143. We can be reached by phone (414) 229-6364. We will be at this location from June 1 - Aug. 15, 2015.