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‌Since its beginnings in 1993, the Saginaw Bay Writing Project (SBWP) has worked to promote literacy throughout the Mid-Michigan area. Our site fulfills the philosophy of the National Writing Project, supporting best practices with a “teachers teaching teachers” model.

The SBWP offers professional development where teachers have the opportunity to become versed in best practice, grow as writers themselves, and develop the skills they need to become teacher leaders in their own districts. The Writing Project provides outreach to area schools, offers a variety of workshops and summer institutes on best practices in teaching writing, and sponsors local writing retreats for area teachers. The SBWP is committed to promoting excellence in the teaching and practice of writing.

SBWP Mission

  • Develop a network of effective teachers who share their successes
  • Foster a community of teachers who are also writers
  • Encourage personal and professional growth in the teaching of writing
  • Improve the writing of Michigan students at all levels

Network with other teachers and learn more about the SBWP by contacting Allison Jordan,, to join our listserv.


Upcoming Events

On October 13, 2018, and January 12, March 16, and May 11, from 9 am - 2 pm, we are offering "The Writing/Teaching Connection" held at the Writing Center at SVSU. This class focuses on learning flash fiction, a writing technique that can be incorporated in any classroom setting.  Taught by Allison Jordan, Kelli Fitzpatrick, and Katey Schultz (author of Flashes of War), this workshop will take place four Saturdays during the school year. There will be lunch each day and 16 SCHECHS / one graduate credit will be provided. To register, contact Allison Jordan (

On Thursday, April 25, 5 - 8 pm, we are offering "Spring into Writing" held at the Writing Center at SVSU. Join your colleagues for dinner and discussion as fellow teachers share their mini-lessons on teaching writing to emelentary, middle, and high school students. 3 SCECHs  will be available. To register, contact Allison Jordan (

 For more information about these events, view this flyer: SBWP Writing Workshops Flyer (114KB)

Past Events

On Thursday, October 11, from 4:30-8 pm, we offered a "Fall into Writing" event for area teachers, held at the Writing Center at SVSU.  This event featured our teachers sharing mini-lessons for teaching writing in grades K-12. This event was provided free of charge; three SCECHS were provided to participants.

Due to the generosity of the Alden and Vada Dow Creativity Foundation, we were proud to sponsor two innovative one-week programs for area teachers in summer 2016 and again in the summer of 2018: The Vada Dow Writer's Workshop for Teachers: "Writing from the Inside Out," taught by Anne-Marie Oomen and John Mauk. These workshops focused on helping K-12 teachers craft their own writing, to be able to transfer these skills to their classroom teaching.  In 2016, Penny Kittle was the keynote speaker; in 2018, Colleen Cruz served as our keynote speaker.

In addition, the Alden and Vada Dow Creativity Foundation funded The Michigan Authors' Series, evenings of readings by Michigan creative writers in summer 2016, including Laura Kasischke, Keith Taylor, Mardi Jo Link, Jerry Dennis, John Mauk, and Anne-Marie Ooming.  We were pleased to host Linda Nemec Foster, Zilka Joseph, John Mauk, and Anne-Marie Oomen in our 2018 Michigan Authors' Series readings. 

Past Institutes (given for 25 SCECHs or for two graduate credits)

  • August 7-11, 2017, TE 601: "The Art of Argument"
  • October 2016-May 2017: TE 601: "Extending the Writer's Life"
  • August 20-24, 2015: TE 601: "Best Practices in Literacy"
  • July 13-17, 2015: TE 601: "Using What I Read in My Writing"
  • August 4-8, 2014: TE 601: "A Close Look at Narrative, Informative, and Argument Writing"
  • June 23-27, 2014: TE 601: "Close and Critical Reading and Writing"
  • August 5–9, 2013: TE 601: "Teaching Argument Writing"       
  • July 15–19, 2013: TE 601: "Writing in Math, Science and Social Studies"
  • June 17–21, 2013: TE 601: "Inquiry-based Learning and the Craft of Writing"

  Past Workshops

  • Anne Ruggles Gere Teachers' Workshop (November 2017)
  • Penny Kittle Teachers' Workshop (July 2016)
  • Donalyn Miller Teachers' Workshop (January 2015)
  • Michele Dipietro Teachers' Workshop (March 2014)
  • Frank Serafini  Teachers' Workshop (March 2013)


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Saginaw Valley State University

Community Based Research

SVSU students and faculty work with community leaders to design and implement research projects that address the needs of the public.

Saginaw Valley State University

Helen Raica-Klotz, Director

(989) 964-6062

Allison Jordan, Assistant Director

(989) 964-2829


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