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Writing Our Lives: A History of Hosting Writing Conferences for Youth

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Since 2009, youth in central New York have had opportunities to participate in Writing Our Lives conferences and afterschool programs in support of the writing they do. Dr. Marcelle Haddix, originator of Writing Our Lives, and Dr. Bryan Ripley Crandall, Director of Connecticut Writing Project-Fairfield, have collaborated to provide locations and opportunities for young people to ‘speak their truth’ during community events in a celebration of writing. To date, over a dozen Writing Our Lives conferences have been hosted in Central New York, southern Connecticut, and even New York City. These conferences provide workshops that are led by professional writers, youth advocates, and performers. Writing Our Lives - A History of Hosting Writing Conferences For Youth offers a history of the work and shares ideas for supporting in- and out-of-school opportunities for writing.

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