MB Writing project

Becoming Writers: Voice, Story, Place & Pedagogy

About this Event

Friday Evening, April 24, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. in Room 224, Education Building, 71 Curry Pl.

Words have power. Images have power. We are teaching and learning in the midst of struggle. Who am I? Where do I belong? Where do I come from? Where am I going? As teachers, administrators, and future teachers, we recognize the contentious messages that circulate in our media and communities, perpetuating hate, inequity, and injustice, conveyed through texts of all kinds. At the same time, we see the power of young people critically engaging the issues that matter most in their local and global communities. How do we create contexts and pedagogies for critical engagement in our classrooms and schools? How can we work together to become writers whose voices and stories can make a difference?

Join us in an evening with Dr. Elyse Eidman-Aadahl, executive director, National Writing Project

Elyse Eidman-Aadahl is Executive Director of the National Writing Project, an international network of 180 university-based teacher professional learning communities focused on the teaching of writing. Formerly a high school English and journalism teacher and faculty member in the College of Education at Towson University, Eidman-Aadahl’s current interests focus on teaching for justice and civic engagement in a rapidly-changing digital and interconnected world.  

5 p.m. Reception (with light refreshments)

6 p.m. Featured Presentation by Dr. Elyse Eidman-Aadahl, “Becoming Teachers by Becoming Writers”

Please join us in:

  • Celebrating the Manitoba Writing Project becoming an Associated International Site of the National Writing Project
  • Presenting winners of our “This Matters Most” writing contest
  • Recognizing teachers and students from our inaugural Writing Innovation Projects

To register for this free presentation, please go to:

Saturday, April 25, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. in Room 200, Education Building, 71 Curry Pl.

“There can never be a single way of being or becoming human, though no doubt some ways have a great deal in common with one another. That’s the role of experience, of teaching, and of story—to help us find ways of meaningful being in whatever worlds we inhabit, whatever contexts we’ve inherited….Indeed, without those stories, without the teachings about the who, how, and why of us, something is profoundly, almost existentially amiss” (Daniel Heath Justice, 2018, p. 34)
What contexts are we, as administrators, teachers, and future teachers, creating in our classrooms, schools, and communities for becoming writers? How are we finding ways for “meaningful being” together through writing? What are the teachings about the who, how, and why of us that are significant in finding our voices in the worlds we—and our students—wish to inhabit?

Join us for a full-day conference dedicated to writing: to exploring why becoming writers matters (for us and for our students), to better understand how all us of can become better writers and teachers of writing, and to celebrate who we are becoming when we write—part of the diversity of voices, stories, experiences, and places that need to be heard.


8:30 a.m.: Registration, coffee & refreshments
9 a.m.: Opening remarks by 
Dr. Elyse Eidman-Aadahl, executive director, National Writing Project
9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.: Sessions
10:45 a.m.-11:45a .m.: Sessions
12 p.m.: Lunch & write
12:45 p.m.-1:45 p.m.: Sessions
2 p.m.-3 p.m.: Sessions
3:10 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Closing Remarks

Sessions will include a variety of engaging workshops, presentations, panels, and experiences designed by teachers, administrators and educators from a range of levels, teachable areas, and contexts.

To register for the conference, please complete the registration form which is available here:

Registration rates are $50 (Regular) and $25 (Full-Time Student). Registration includes refreshments, lunch, and a Manitoba Writing Project notebook.

“We can write about the problem of the moment or the problems of a lifetime. What do we think, what do [our students] think, and what do we think about what they think? Never will we fully discover the essential issues for each child or for ourselves, but what we do, as we write, is continually demonstrate the process of searching for solutions as we ask ourselves the questions no one else will ask.” (Vivian Gussin Paley, 2019, “Must Teachers Also Be Writers?”, from https://www.nwp.org/blog/must-teachers-also-be-writers)