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GA Kennesaw Mountain WP Sponsors Writing Contest About Place to Honor KMWP Fellow

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Nov 9, 2015
Posted by: megjoanna

Kennesaw Mountain Writing Project created a writing contest to honor a writing project fellow who created community in her classroom through place-based writing.  The program continues to develop and grow.

“The Leslie Walker Writers of Promise honors KMWP fellow, Leslie Walker, who made it her mission to create community in her classroom through writing about place. The work of the Writers of Promise contest represents an ongoing effort to continue Leslie’s work. Annually, we invite teachers to prompt their students to experiment with writing about a specific place. What students choose to express in their writing may be factual, imagined, or a combination of both. The contest was opened for submissions on February 10, 2015 with a deadline of April 14. We received over 74 submissions from high school, middle, and elementary students, and a team of volunteer judges ranked the submissions. Our top winners from each group were recognized at the KMWP Annual Awards luncheon in June.

The online submissions process, implemented last year, was promoted early this year through the KMWP List Serv, via KMWP’s social media outlets: Facebook and Twitter. Looking toward the next phase of promoting Leslie Walker’s work through the vehicle of this contest, we plan to ask for a core group of teachers to develop and post lesson plans on the KMWP website, featuring place as a theme. We will also ask teachers to submit lesson plans. We hope to create a resource on the Leslie Walker Writers of Promise page of the KMWP website for teachers who are seeking writing activities and prompts to use in their classrooms or with their after school writing clubs."

The Leslie Walker Writers of Promise Contest