NeWP Spring and Summer Writing Marathons

Writers chatting in Memorial Park

Writing Marathons have always held a special place within the NeWP community.

The Nebraska Writing Project has been sponsoring writing marathons since 2006, embracing their ability to bring teachers back to their NeWP roots and to promote place-conscious thinking and writing. Seasonal writing marathons are held each year. This year the spring marathon was held in partnership with the Omaha Warrior Writers.

NeWP TCs and members of the Omaha Warrior Writers met at Sorenson Library in early June to launch the 2017 Spring Writing Marathon. Writing groups set out across the Dundee neighborhood to capture the day through their pens. Popular writing spots included eCreamery, Memorial Park, the Dundee community garden, and local coffee shops. Please enjoy some of our writing from the day.

NeWP TCs and members of the Omaha Warrior Writers met at Sorenson Library in early June to launch the 2017 Spring Writing Marathon. Writing groups set out across the Dundee neighborhood to capture the day through their pens. Popular writing spots included eCreamery, Memorial Park, the Dundee community garden, and local coffee shops. Please enjoy some of our writing from the day.

NeWP TCs and members of the Omaha Warrior Writers met at Sorenson Library in early June to launch the 2017 Spring Writing Marathon. Writing groups set out across the Dundee neighborhood to capture the day through their pens. Popular writing spots included eCreamery, Memorial Park, the Dundee community garden, and local coffee shops. Please enjoy some of our writing from the day.

The summer marathon was held at the NeWP board retreat at the St. Benedictine Retreat Center located North of Schuyler. Several groups ventured out within the monastery and the city of Schuyler. Participant writing from both events are available through the following links.

Spring Warrior Writer Marathon
Summer Board Writing Marathon

Our next marathon will be the Platte River State Writing Marathon on September 9th. This is held in conjunction with the NeWP UnConference (Saturday, Sept. 10th @9:00AM) and Platte River State Writing Retreat (Sept. 8-10th). For more Information about these events see the event posting on Facebook or email dweis@cox.net.

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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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