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 firstname.lastname@example.org for ticket information and purchase.
The fall and winter marathon were filled with great writers and beautiful weather. The annual fall writing marathon was held at Platte River State Park September 26-28th. Participants gathered Saturday morning for a new addition to the weekend, an Unconference. Veteran and pre-service teachers enjoyed an open discussion on education issues such as the responsibility and restrictions of social justice in the classroom. Ideas were discussed over hot-off-the griddle pancakes and under a light sprinkling of rain.
The marathon launched from Owen 9 at noon. Two groups of writers ventured out to explore climbing walls, tipis, the Interstate Chapel and Platte River State Park’s rock wall. Writing was shared along with an impressive cabin dinner.
This years Winter Marathon was preceeded by the NeWP winter board retreat and celebration dinner for Rhonda Schoenmaker. TCs and board members offered special thanks for Rhonda’s support of and dedication to the NeWP and teachers. A poetry tribute highlighted Rhonda’s talent for keeping things running smoothly. Her patience, ingenuity, and warmth was likened to everything from motor oil to being a master gardener.
The winter marathon launched from Blue Orchid. The first stop brought the writers to Gallery 9, an independent gallery and professional artists affiliation. The gallery’s highlight was the main gallery which showcased American Veterans paintings and photography. Afterwards the writers spread out around the Lincoln capital, observing and noting the Women’s March. Indigo Books was home of the final writing and read around.
To read writing from these two events, please click here.
Diana Weis | Nebraska Writing Project
On Saturday, September 24, 2016, I attended the Plum Creek Literacy Festival at Concordia University in Seward, NE. This, the 3rd day of a 3 day event, was designed for adults to enjoy listening to children’s authors speak about their writing and their books. While I got to enjoy the funny, engaging, and interesting presentations by numerous authors, I also got to take part in representing the Nebraska Writing Project. Along with 4 other people, I talked with the educators and interested patrons at the conference about NeWP and what it had to offer. We received information from 12 different conference attendees, including people from UNL, Peru State College, York College, and Lincoln City Libraries, as well as a retired teacher. There were also many others who stopped by to ask questions and expressed interest in our mission. It was my first experience representing NeWP at a conference and was an unbelievable opportunity to socialize with others who also have a passion for writing.
Ashley Mundil | Pyrtle Elementary, Lincoln