Monday, April 4, 2016

Writers' Workshop: The Details

Many people have been inquiring about the Writers' Workshop program we will be running during the afternoons of the first week of the program this summer (June 20th-June 24th).

We wanted to solidify the details and secure our teachers before posting about the workshop, and we very much appreciate your patience!  We are ready to fill you all in!

Each of the five days will be a different workshop, so students will gain experience in five different styles of writing!  The five workshops will be:

  • "Show Us Your Character"- a workshop in visual literacy, where our students and teachers will use images to propel writing. 

  • Fractured Fairytales- a workshop in which students will study traditional fairy tales then have an opportunity to create their own versions of these well-loved stories.
  • Word Clouds- students will learn several ways to incorporate word clouds into their writing and learning. 

  • Songwriting- students will be led in the art of writing lyrics to be put to music.
  • Letters to the Next President- students will focus on writing for purpose and put their pens and pencils to papers to write to our next President in order to share their perspectives on the issues and topics that affect our country.   

We are very excited about each of these workshops and can't wait to share them with you!  We will be providing more information about each one in the next couple of weeks, so keep checking in! 

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Mark your calendars...

... the dates for the 2016 Central CT Student Writing Project are here!!

You've all waited so patiently for us to finalize our dates, and here they finally are!

Please join us at Silas Deane Middle SchoolJUNE 20- JULY 1 for this summer's program! 

In addition to our CREATIVE WRITING program, we will be bringing back our poetry program and introducing something new- a workshop program, where our students will get an opportunity to experience one-day workshops on a variety of types of writing! 

We will be providing much more information in the upcoming weeks about all three programs, the wonderful staff we will have this summer, and much more!  But allow me to get you started with some registration information.

Our creative writing program will meet:
June 20-July 1 (Monday-Friday) from 9:00am-12:00pm

Our workshop program will meet:
June 20-24 (Monday-Friday) from 12:30pm-3:30pm

Our poetry program will meet: 
June 27-July 1 (Monday-Friday) from 12:30pm-3:30pm

More information about cost, etc can be found on our online registration page (to the left of this page).  

As always, if you have any questions please feel free to email us at  You may also call us at (860) 375-4443

We've already had our first few registrations come flying in!!   We are looking at an incredible summer! We hope you join us! 

Monday, February 1, 2016

Coming Soon...

I would like to start first by introducing myself.  My name is Erin Gilbert! I am a teacher in Newington, CT as well as a graduate student at Central CT State University.  I took the incredible journey through the writing project last summer, and I jumped at the chance to join the Student Writing Project this summer! I will be teaching as well as doing much of the coordinating this year, and I am really looking forward to working with the students and helping them to develop their writing.

And speaking of that...

We know you all are absolutely itching to get back to writing- and so are we!

We have begun the planning for our programs this summer, and we are very excited about what's to come!  We are still finalizing the details, and we will get all the information to you all as soon as we can!

So check back soon for updates, details, and registration information!

In the meantime... how about some writing?! Here's an idea:

Take one of your absolute FAVORITE songs, and write a poem, a piece of prose, a paragraph, a story, ANYTHING that shares the title- but make it your own! Try to do something totally new with it! 

Here's mine:

Early Morning Riser 
Originally by The Weepies

Early morning riser
Opens sleepy eyes,
Heavy lids

Inside, something is shouting
Though outside, nothing stirs

The peeling back of covers
Leads to the swinging of legs
As bare feet touch cool floor
Smooth wood

Coffee percolating on a slick countertop
Porcelain from the cabinet
Waiting to be filled

Sugar from the bowl,
Cream from the fridge
The first sip while walking to the porch

The stillness of silence
A greeting
As the sun begins its ascension
Good Morning

-Erin Gilbert

Here's the real song, sung by The Weepies live, if you were interested!