Announcing Our 2015 Manuscript Day

The Chippewa River Writing Project aims to provide youth and fellow community members with unique opportunities to write and learn about themselves as writers.

Join us for our first ever Manuscript Day – Saturday, April 25, 2015

Manuscript Day Brochure 2015

Local students who are currently in grades 3-12 are welcome to join us for Manuscript Day. Instructors for the event are teachers who have participated in the Chippewa River Writing Project and pre-service teachers from CMU who are excited about working with your child. There is no cost to attend, but pre-registration is required.

  • 8:30 – Sign-in at Anspach Hall
  • 9:00 – Kick-off session
  • 9:30 – 1st Session Writing Activity
  • 10:15 – 2nd Session Writing Activity
  • 11:00 – 3rd Session Writing Activity
  • 11:45 – Pizza and Read Around
  • 12:30 – Dismissal and Pick Up

Questions? Contact CRWP Director Troy Hicks via email:

Dinner and Dialogue Returns!

Erin Busch-Grabmeyer (right) consults with fellow teacher participant Rose Daum during the 2010 CRWP Summer Institute
Join us for Dinner and Dialogue on February 23, 2015!

Between 2005-2012, we held a couple of Dinner and Dialogue gatherings each semester in order to facilitate communication and conversation between the secondary and post-secondary English teachers.

The events were organized and paid for by Central Michigan University, Mid Michigan Community College, and the Clare-Gladwin Regional School District. High school teachers from over a dozen schools in our area participated, as well as many college and university faculty. So, we want to start the conversation again, and we now have a new partner: Saginaw Valley State University. And, while the focus is on teaching writing in high school and college, all are welcome to attend.

Please join us for the renewal of the Dinner and Dialogue series including — a pizza dinner, some door prizes, and a presentation from Marcy Taylor and Elizabeth Brockman of CMU: ““What Do Professors Really Say about College Writing?” — on Monday, Feb. 23 from 5:00-6:30 in Mt. Pleasant. Details are in this Dinner and Dialogue Flyer Final (Feb 2015).

In short, the events are free to you and your colleagues, so please share this message widely!

Also, if you could, we are trying to get a rough estimate on the count for food and door prizes. If you could fill out this quick survey, it won’t commit you to attending, but will help us with planning. Even if you can’t come, please fill out the survey so we can be in touch.

Thanks in advance for sharing the news and planning to join us in two weeks!

Lucia Elden, Mid-Michigan Community College
Troy Hicks, Central Michigan University
Sherrin Frances, Saginaw Valley State University

Fall 2014 PD: Mt. Pleasant Area Literacy Exchange

Listen. Write. Teach.

Join us for collegial conversations about literacy learning.

Janet and Steve PhotoThis fall, we begin a new series featuring local teachers who will share their ideas, inspiration, and enthusiasm with you, the pre-service teachers of CMU and K-12 colleagues in our region. These events are free and open to the public, and will be held on the second Thursday evening of each month.

On Thursday, October 9th, join Steve Markey, a teacher from Woodcrest Elementary in Midland as he invites students to express their opinions in “The Great Penny Debate.” Then, on Thursday, November 13th, join Janet Neyer, a teacher from Cadillac High School, to learn about Google Apps in Education.

Download our MPALE Flyer (Fall 2014).

Sessions will be hosted at Mount Pleasant High School, Room 111

  • Snacks @ 6:45 PM
  • Session begins @ 7:00 PM

The Mt. Pleasant Area Literacy Exchange unites pre-service and in-service English and Language Arts teachers to promote literacy education. Partners include the Chippewa River Writing Project, the National Council of Teachers of English Student Affiliate at CMU, the CMU English Education program, and Max and Emily’s Eatery.

Summer 2014 Youth Camps

Announcing our 2014 Chippewa River Writing Camps!

Marcia and CamperThe Chippewa River Writing Project aims to provide youth and fellow community members with unique opportunities to write and learn about themselves as writers.

This summer, we are pleased to offer three different camp opportunities, two on CMU’s campus and one in Portland.

Together we’ll be sharing a love for writing. Let your child join us on an exciting journey through engaging activities as we live out our “writerly lives.” Enrollment this summer is limited to 20 participants in each camp.

Sign up now using our secure web form

Your enrollment cost will provide transportation and admission to field trips, snacks, a writer’s journal, camp T-shirt, and a copy of our camp anthology, commemorating our published works. We ask that students  bring their own lunch each day.

Also, this year we are able to offer scholarships. The registration cost for each camper is $100, which helps to cover expenses associated with staffing, instructional materials, and souvenirs. To ensure that all interested children can participate, however, partial scholarships are available to ANY family who chooses to use one. Details are available on the registration page for each camp.

All registrations must be complete by June 15, 2014. Should you need to cancel your registration, we will accept cancellations with a full refund through June 15, 2014, after which we will charge a $20 cancellation fee.

Questions? Please contact CRWP Director, Troy Hicks, at

For more information, select the PDF version of our flyers.

CRWP Portland Youth Brochure 2014  CRWP Summer Youth Brochure 2014 CRWP Middle School Camp Flyer 2014
CRWP Portland Youth Brochure 2014 (PDF) CRWP Summer Youth Brochure 2014 (PDF) CRWP Middle School Camp Flyer 2014 (PDF)
Register for our Portland Elementary Camp, June 23rd to 27th, 2014 Register for our CMU Camp, June 23rd to 26th, 2014 Register for our Middle School Camp, June 23rd to 26th, 2014


Chippewa River Writing Camp Feature from CMU News