The Vada Dow Writer's Workshop for Teachers: July 23-27, 2018
*APPLICATION DUE: Monday, April 30th
WHO: all K-12 teachers in the Great Lakes Bay region
K-12 teachers in the Great Lakes Bay region are encouraged to apply for an opportunity to take part in this summer writer's workshop held at the Alden B. Dow Home and Studio, July 23-27, 2018. Supported by a generous donation from the Alden and Vada Dow Creativity Foundation, this workshop offers teachers the gift of time and creative space to rediscover the power of writing: not simply through discussion of best practices, but by crafting, sharing, and discussing their own writing. Through this workshop, we hope that teachers will rediscover the joy of writing and be able to return to their classrooms as advocates for writing with their students. As Alden B. Dow observed, We all need the time to develop our innate talents; then what we are able to give the world is so much greater.

Applications will be accepted from teachers in all disciplines who wish to integrate best writing practices into their classroom. 30 teachers will be accepted to participate; the cost for participation is $150.00. Each workshop participant will be given:

• daily personal writing workshops (fiction and memoir), lead by published writers Anne Marie Oomen and John Mauk
a keynote address by Colleen Cruz, author of "The Unstoppable Writing Teacher"
• evening readings by various Michigan authors
• complimentary lunch each day of the workshop
• complimentary lodging at the Holiday Inn in Midland (if requested--double occupancy)
• the ability to obtain 25 SCECHs (no cost) or 2 credits from SVSU (paid by participant)

WHAT: An innovative five-day writing institute focused on developing writing teachers
This week-long workshop is designed to allow teachers to engage in writing with a community of other writers/teachers, to be able to (re)discover the passion for and the power of writing in their own lives -- and to be able to share these experiences with their students. This writing workshop will be co-facilitated by John Mauk, who will focus on fiction writing, and Anne Marie Oomen, who will focus on writing memoir. The Monday evening public address will be given by Colleen Cruz, author and teacher-educator.

JOHN MAUK is an author and teacher. His 2010 short fiction collection "The Rest of Us" won the Michigan Writer’s Cooperative Press chapbook contest. His 2014 publication "Field Notes for the Earthbound" features stories set on the Ohio flatland. He has also collaborated on four college textbooks: "Culture: A Reader," "Think About It," "The Composition of Everyday Life":and "Inventing Arguments." John has a PhD in English from Bowling Green State University. He is an avid reader of rhetoric as magic, fiction as truth and philosophy. John currently teaches writing at Miami University of Ohio. In the summers, he and his wife live in Traverse City.

ANNE MARIE OOMEN is author of the memoirs "Love, Sex and 4-H," along with "Pulling Down the Barn" and "House of Fields," both Michigan Notable Books; "An American Map: Essays;" and a collection of poetry, "Uncoded Woman." She is represented in "New Poems of the Third Coast: Contemporary Michigan Poetry," and edited "Looking Over My Shoulder: Reflections on the Twentieth Century." She has written seven plays, including "Secrets of Luuce Talk Tavern," winner of the 2012 CTAM playwriting contest. Ann is instructor at Solstice MFA at Pine Manor College, MA and Interlochen College of Creative Arts Writer's Retreat. She and her husband have built their own home near Empire, where they live.

COLLEEN CRUZ is the author of "The Unstoppable Writing Teacher," along with several other titles for teachers, including "Independent Writing" and "A Quick Guide to Reaching Struggling Writers," as well as the author of the young adult novel
"Border Crossing," a Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award Finalist. Collen was a classroom teacher in general education and inclusive settings before joining the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, where she is a Senior Lead Staff Developer. Colleen currently support schools, teachers and their students nationally and internationally as a literacy consultant.

WHEN: July 23-27, 2018
Workshop held from 9 am - 4:00 pm each day, with evening readings from 7 - 8:30 pm.
WHERE: The Alden B. Dow Home and Studio
315 Post Street
Midland, MI

Note: afternoon sessions will be held at Central Park Elementary School, 1400 Rodd Street, Midland MI

WHY: Through the generous donation of the Alden and Vada Dow Creativity Foundation to support area teachers of writing
Vada Bennett Dow was a life-long champion and pioneer of education in her home state of Michigan. Vada attended Kalamazoo College, where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in Education in 1927, and she earned her masters degree in Education from Columbia Teachers College in 1929. After graduation, she taught nursery school at Vassar’s newly formed Euthenics Institute. In 1934, Vada established the Parents’ and Children’s School in Midland.

In addition to her work as a teacher, Vada, together with her husband and children, established the Alden and Vada Dow Fund in 1960. This family foundation focuses on improving the quality of life for the people of the state of Michigan in the areas of the arts, education, the environment and health and human services. Today, the foundations that Vada and Alden established are known as the Alden and Vada Dow Family Foundations.

In 1986, Vada combined her love of education and appreciation of her husband’s architectural legacy in establishing The Alden and Vada Dow Creativity Foundation. This operating foundation preserves, shares, and encourages exploration of the philosophies of Alden B. Dow through public access to educational programs, tours and research opportunities provided by the Alden B. Dow Home and Studio, a National Historic Landmark, and the Alden B. Dow Archives, the repository of Mr. Dow's architectural records. The Home and Studio develops educational programs that foster critical thinking skills in people of all ages. These programs reinforce the importance of education and the development of each individual’s creative potential.

Throughout her life-long commitment to education, philanthropy, and historic preservation, Vada Bennett Dow focused on the growth and development of young people and the potential that each individual has to impact the world.

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