Agate Writer’s Workshop to be held July 17-19, 2017

This year’s Agate Writer’s Workshop will be July 17-19th at Agate Fossil Beds National Monument.  We will explore the Women of the West with focus on the women scientists, paleontologists and homesteaders that built the communities and resources in Western Nebraska.  Please join this unique event by registering online and extend the invitation to interested educators from other disciplines.

Exploring the Bones of Place: 50 Years in the Nebraska Panhandle

Spend two days at Agate Fossil Beds National Monument discovering the bones of place. Staff from the National Park Service and Nebraska Writing Project will lead teachers through a variety of activities designed to make science exciting, inviting and accessible through writing. This workshop is open to teachers of all grade levels and content areas. Participants can expect to:

  • generate their own creative writing
  • explore the women of Agate and their unique roles in paleontology, geology, and place
  • leave with classroom activities for integrating science and writing

Registration fee for the program is $75. The workshop is limited to fifteen participants. It begins at 8:00a.m. on July 17th and concludes at 2:00p.m. on July 19th. Food and lodging are not available at the park. Registration ends June 30, 2017.

Participants will need to arrange for lodging in nearby communities. Local hotel or camping accommodations can be found at:

  • Harrison House Hotel in Harrison, NE (www.harrisonhousehotel.com)
  • Hotels in Scottsbluff/Gering, such as Comfort Inn, Days Inn, Hampton Inn and Suites, Holiday Inn Express
  • Fort Robinson State Park (Nebraska Games and Parks Commission)

A limited number of tent camping sites are available within Agate. Sites have access to an indoor bathroom and kitchen facilities. Reservations for tenting sites is available on the Agate Fossil Beds website or by emailing Alvis Mar at alvis_mar@nps.gov.

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2017 Eastern Youth Writing Festival

Youth writing festival participants

The Nebraska Writing Project held its annual Eastern Youth Writing Festival on April 1st, 2017. This event, designed for students in grades 6-8, was held at Gretna Middle School. A total of 32 students from Elkhorn, Gretna, Bellevue, Fremont, and Wahoo schools attended. While at the event, students were able to participate in three sessions, led by area teachers Theresa Huttman, Patrick White, and Santha Walters. These sessions covered topics such as upcycling song lyrics into poetry, the analysis of film and script writing, and developing superhero characters that are both good and evil. After the sessions, students were able to go on a writing marathon or continue to work on pieces they had begun during the instructional sessions. Some students are working on pieces for publication; these will be available at the end of the month on the Nebraska Writing Project Youth Writing Festival Blog.

Amy Tasich  |  Nebraska Writing Project

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NeWP Quilt Raffle Tickets Now Available

Quilt

The annual Nebraska Writing Project Quilt Raffle is beginning. The NeWP has raffled quilts as a fundraiser at the annual Spring Gathering in May for several years now. Tickets are going on sale now, at the Nebraska Educational Technology Conference on April 20, and 21 in Omaha, NE, and at the Spring Gathering on May 5 in the Colonial Room at the UNL Student Union in Lincoln, NE. The quilt pictured was made from fabric celebrating the honey bee including fabric printed with quotations about bees.

Tickets are on sale for one dollar a ticket or six tickets for five dollars. Contact Amanda Larabee at alarabee2@unl.edu for ticket information and purchase.

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