teachers workshop in garden

The Vada B. Dow Writer's Workshop for Teachers

The Vada B. Dow Workshop for Area Teachers offers K-12 teachers in the Great Lakes Bay Region 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 would rediscover the joy of writing and be able to return to their classrooms as advocates for writing with their students. This event, sponsored by the Alden and Vada Dow Creativity Foundation, is offered bi-annually, with the next workshop scheduled for summer 2020.

The second Vada B. Dow Workshop for Area Teachers took place July 23-27, 2018.  Taught by John Mauk and Anne-Marie Oomen, this workshop featured guest speaker Colleen Cruz, author of The Unstoppable Writing Teacher. Applications were accepted from teachers in all disciplines who wished to integrate best writing practices into their classroom. Thirty teachers were accepted to participate in this workshop. The total cost for participation was $150.00, due to the generous support of the Alden and Vada Dow Creativity Foundation. This workshop took place in the mornings at the Alden B. Dow Home and Studio; afternoon sessions were held at the Grace A. Dow Library.

In addition to the workshop for our K-12 teachers, the free events featuring readings and discussions with guest authors were open to the public, including a free lecture and writing workshop for middle school students by Colleen Cruz, author of The Ustoppable Writing Teacher; readings by Michigan poets Zilka Joseph, Linda Nemec Foster, memorist Anne-Marie Oomen, and fiction writer John Mauk.