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Announcement and Registration for the 25 th Annual

Teachers Who Write Conference

Friday, May 3, 2013 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier

Vermont Council of Teachers of English Language Arts, Green Mountain Writing Project, and the Vermont Department of Education are pleased to present poet, novelist, and critic

Jay Parini

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Jay Parini is the D.E. Axinn Professor of English and Creative Writing at Middlebury College. His novels include The Last Station, Benjamin's Crossing, The Apprentice Lover, and The Passage of H.M.: A Novel of Herman Melville. His books of poetry include The Art of Subtraction: New and Selected Poems (2005). He has written volumes of essays and critical studies, as well as biographies of John Steinbeck, Robert Frost, and William Faulkner.

keynote address choice of two workshop sessions local lunch live music

Registration fee: $85. R etired or student teachers: $50.

Attendance certificate s for relicensing will be provided.

Registration deadline Wednesday, April 24, 2013.

After that call 802-828-3114.

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TWW Workshop Information

For more detailed descriptions and Presenter bios, go to:

Please select TWO (1 for first choice; 2 for second)

Where’s Your Walden?

Learn how to connect environmentally–minded students in grades 6-12

____ across the globe. Presenter: Susan Frey.


Bored is for the Birds: Using Multi-Media Texts (including film) to Increase Literacy Skills. Presenter:

Aubrey Garrison.


Wrap the World in Flames: Experiments in “getting started” and the art of the vivid suggestion.

Presenter: Seth Jarvis.

Gossip, Anecdote and Writing Fiction. Presenter: Tom Paine.

Writing in Character – Speaking in Tongues.

Learn to capture the rhythm, word choices, signifying

phrases, slang, and verbal hiccups of a specific character and get them down on paper. Presenter: David



Poetry Writing. Simplify the use of metaphor with poets from fourth grade to octogenarian. Presenter:

Ed Webbley.

Informational Text – Shifting Our Thinking. Investigate and apply the Common Core State S tandards for informational text. Presenters: Cathy White and Nancy Woods.


A Collaboration Story. Ideas and opportunities for working in digital writing communities are explored through an interactive, collaborative writing exercise. Laptop or iPad recommended. Presenters: Geoff


Gevalt and Lisa Italiano.

Options for registering:

1) Send this form and payment to:

Attn: Rose Wheeler /TWW VT Dept of Education 120 State St Montpelier, VT 05620-2501

2) Register online at then send your payment by regular mail to Rose Wheeler at the address above.

3) Multiple registrants? Please copy this form and send one for each registrant, or register online.

You will receive confirmation and directions to the college at your email address shortly after your registration is received. A folder with the day's schedule, workshop times and locations, and a certificate of attendance, will be given to you when you arrive at the c onference.

Note: Registration is not com plete until payment is received. Registration fee covers the entire day's activities, lunch, refreshments, and a year's membership in VCTELA. The registration fee is not refundable. If you are unable to attend the conference, you may give your registration to a friend.

Registration & Payment* Form


I have indicated my two choices for workshops.


I have enclosed payment of $85 (checks payable to VCTELA).


I am a retired or student teacher and have enclosed $50 (checks to VCTELA).


or school check # ______________


I am enclosing a purchase order.


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You might consider this: Include a short piece of writing with your registration. In 100 words or less, describe your thoughts on writing or teaching writing. Have fun! No worries! It’s optional. Attach it here or submit in online form.

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