Support, Education, & Community
Gate City Writes (GCW) is a collaborative that provides support, education, and community to young writers and writing teachers.
Every summer, Gate City Writes hosts a Young Writers’ Camp for kids in grades K-12. During the general session, campers write about a topic of their choice in whatever genre they choose. In the advanced sessions, campers attend workshops taught by local authors that help them develop writing skills in a variety of genres, such as spoken word, fiction, creative nonfiction, and podcasting.
Gate City Writes also facilitates a workshop for writing teachers in which educators learn about writing instruction, try out instructional practices with campers, and write their own occasional papers.
In addition, Gate City Writes hosts a Community Voices workshop for recent immigrants and refugees and in the Greensboro area. Like the young writers’ camp, campers write about a topic of their choice in whatever genre they choose, while also receiving support with learning a new language and culture.
Gate City Writes facilitates opportunities for teachers to write and teach writing alongside K-12 students in the form of professional development. In addition, GCW supports young writers (grades 3-12) as they draft and publish a text using digital media during a summer camp. The goal of this group is to connect research in writing education to classroom practice by engaging K-12 educators and students with university faculty in a collaborative writing community.
This work makes an impact by creating a structured space for pre-service and in-service teachers to learn and enact necessary knowledge, skills, and attitudes related to the teaching writing with their school communities. In addition, research done with the young writers and teachers enhances understandings about how to better foster successful writing practices in the 21 st century. Thus, the practice and research mentioned contributes to the vibrancy of the local educational and writing community.