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WTWP teams up with Scholastic to promote teen writing

01-15-2014

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MARTIN – The West Tennessee Writing Project (WTWP) has partnered with the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers to read and score works submitted to the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards program. Between now and Jan. 23, more than 20 WTWP Teacher Consultants are assessing up to 100 entries each in the categories of Flash Fiction, Journalism, Memoir, Personal Essay, Persuasive Essay and Poetry.

“These teachers are the cream of the crop. The fact that they are willing to spend up to 10 hours outside of their normal work schedules assessing this writing — with no compensation — peaks volumes about their commitment as educators,” said WTWP director David Carithers, associate professor in the Department of English and Modern Foreign Languages at the University of Tennessee at Martin.

The top-ranked entries in each category will be published by Scholastic in its annual Best Teen Writing series.

“I am very happy that the teachers of WTWP are part of this important program that encourages quality teen writing all across the United States,” said Carithers.

UT Martin faculty members serving as judges for the project include Carithers, Tiffany Emerson (instructor, English and Modern Foreign Languages), and Nelda Rachels (instructor, International Programs and International Admissions).

Weakley County teachers involved in the project include Jamie Babb from Dresden Middle School and Catherine Carithers from Martin Middle School. Educators can find out more about the Scholastic Awards at www.artandwriting.org.

Housed in the Department of English and Modern Foreign Languages since 1992, WTWP is a program of professional development that attempts to improve student writing by encouraging teachers to become active writers. Find out more at www.utm.edu/wtwp.

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