Monday, December 1, 2014

December with the RRVWP

The holiday season is upon us!  Why not take a break from the frenzied pace and join us for some reading and writing, fellowship and planning at the events below?

On Sat., Dec. 6, from 11:30-12:30 there will be an NCTE (National Council for Teachers of English) Proposal Information session at Atomic Coffee, 222 Broadway, in the back conference room.
The theme of next year's NCTE conference is "Responsibility, Creativity, and the Arts of Language." The proposal deadline is January 14, 2015. The National Writing Project's annual meeting takes place on the day before NCTE starts, and the ALAN (Adolescent Literacy Assembly of NCTE) workshop takes place the two days after NCTE. All three are excellent events!
If our funding comes through, we plan to allocate a larger-than-usual amount for conference travel, which will enable us to rent one (or more!) of NDSU's vans to travel to Minneapolis. We are also looking into reserving a block of hotel rooms for us. It will be years before NCTE is this close to us again (if ever), so we should take advantage of the accessibility afforded by next year's conference.
If you attend this meeting, expect to receive a hard copy of the conference proposal, samples of past proposals, and the opportunity to win swag from this year's conferences (there will be a drawing). 

The Grand Forks Book Club will be meeting Sunday, Dec. 7, at 4:30 at Kristine Gruenberg's to discuss Bomb by Steve Sheinkin. (For more information see Email Andrea Scherer <andrealscherer[at]gmail[dot]com> if planning to attend.

The Grand Forks Writing Group will meet on Friday, Dec. 12, at 5:30 at the home of Nancy Devine. All RRVWP members are welcome to attend. You need not have attended meetings in the past nor commit to attending all meetings to be a part of the GF Writing Group. For our November meeting we will workshop pieces of any genre. If planning to attend, RSVP to Pam Fisher at <pam[dot]fisher[at]gfschools[dot]org>.

The Fargo-Moorhead Book Club has plans to meet on Monday, Dec. 22, at Usher's House in Moorhead from 4:30-6:00 pm to discuss The Great Greene Heist by Varian Johnson (For more information see RSVP to Dan Dooher at <DTDOOHER2006[at]alum[dot]csbsju[dot]edu> if planning to attend. You need not have read the book to join the discussion and learn more about the book.

The Fargo Writing Group is cancelled for December. Their next meeting is on Thursday, Jan. 22.

The RRVWP Site Leadership team (Kelly Sassi, Pam Fisher, and Nancy Devine) will meet on Monday, Dec. 29, in Fargo to plan for upcoming events. If any TC would like to attend this site leadership meeting, please email Pam at the address above, and she will send you specific information on where the meeting will occur. If you cannot attend but have a question, comment, or suggestion for the RRVWP leadership, please email that to Pam as well.

Also, please encourage your students to participate in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.
Following is a reminder message from our RRVWP Director, Kelly Sassi.

The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, presented by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers opened in September and the deadline is December 17th, so now is the time to work with your students to submit their work!

The mission of the Awards is to identify teenagers (grades 7-12) with exceptional artistic and literary talent and bring their remarkable work to a national audience. The Awards started in 1923, and have an impressive roster of past winners, including Andy Warhol, Truman Capote, Sylvia Plath, Joyce Carol Oates, and Robert Redford.

For the first time, this year, North Dakota has a state affiliate of the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers. The Red River Valley Writing Project and the Plains Art Museum have partnered to serve in this role. This means that there will be state judging and a state awards ceremony for art and writing.

Did you know there were only about 20 entries from the entire state of North Dakota for the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards last year? With 10 million dollars in scholarships and awards available at the national level, we feel strongly that more North Dakota students should have the opportunity to compete for these awards.

The deadline for submissions is December 17, 2014.We encourage you to provide writing and art opportunities for students to develop and polish their work and then submit it to our state website:
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Our statewide coordinator (and RRVWP TC), Olivia Edwardson, can provide additional support. She can be reached at <oedwardson[at]west-fargo[dot]k12[dot]nd[dot]us> or <olivia[dot]edwardson[at]gmail[dot]com>.

The state ceremony will be held on February 17th at the Plains Art Museum, so save the date!