NMSU Borderlands Writing Project to offer writing workshops for teachers

The New Mexico State University Borderlands Writing Project will host the first of five Teachers Write workshops Saturday, Sept. 12, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Las Cruces Railroad Museum, 351 N. Mesilla Street.

Teachers Write is a series of free writing workshops for K-12 and college-level educators who want to write, see themselves as writers, or would like to discuss strategies for teaching writing.

“We are confident this will benefit teachers and the students who they teach,” said Patti Wojahn, interim department head for Interdisciplinary Studies at NMSU and director of the Borderlands Writing Project.

This first event will offer free breakfast, and participants will have the opportunity to learn from Jett Loe, a photography/multimedia specialist and photojournalist with the Las Cruces Sun-News. The group will also spend the morning visiting the Farmer’s Market, writing, taking pictures and sharing their work.

“Borderlands Writing Project is a local site of the National Writing Project, the only national professional development organization focused on the teaching of writing — one that research has shown to improve teacher retention as well as student writing,” Wojahn said.

The Borderlands Writing Project will offer a $100 stipend for the first 20 individuals who register and attend at least four of the five Teachers Write workshops.

The next workshop will be held Nov. 14 at the Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park. Workshops will continue throughout the 2015-2016 school year.

To register or for more information on Teachers Write, contact Wojahn at pwojahn@nmsu.edu. For more information on the NMSU Borderlands Writing Project, visit http://english.nmsu.edu/organizations/borderlands-writing-project/.

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