The mission of the Morehead Writing Project (MWP) is to improve student writing achievement by improving the teaching of writing in Eastern Kentucky schools.

Founded in 1986, MWP is a federally- and state-funded professional development program whose goal is to help Eastern Kentucky educators become better writers and writing teachers. We are affiliated with the National Writing Project, the Kentucky Writing Project, the Kentucky Department of Education, and Morehead State University.

The Morehead Writing Project will offer a Summer Journalism Camp June 9-15 on the campus of Morehead State University. High school students, rising 9th-12th grade, will live on the campus of Morehead State University and work with a variety of convergent media professionals to:

  • Create a multi-media profile including multiple published pieces
  • Research a locally important journalistic topic
  • Experience the life of a working journalist
  • Develop relationships with journalist-mentors

Offered in cooperation with WMKY Morehead Public Radio,  Morehead State’s Convergent Media program, and the Trail Blazer, the camp is sponsored by a grant from the MacArthur Foundation’s Journalism and Media Program offered through the National Writing Project.

Featured journalists include:

In addition, MWP teacher leaders Dr. Deanna Mascle and Sarah Webster will organize the camp and support the teen journalists. Mascle is the MWP site director and a writing instructor at Morehead State University. She worked as a journalist in both New York State and Kentucky before becoming a full-time educator. Webster is a Returning Fellow with the Morehead Writing Project and teaches journalism and yearbook at Gallatin County High School.

High school students hoping to attend Power Your Words: Summer Journalism Camp must submit an electronic application (including a letter of recommendation) by March 15. After a review of applications, selected students will engage in a round table interview session by mid-April. Finalists should receive notice by the end of April and sign a commitment to attend by May 15.

Camp participants will receive food and housing for June 9-15, instruction and production support, t-shirts, and Student ID card for $100*.

* Students eligible for free lunch and unable to pay the application or registration fee should have a teacher or their family resource center contact Dr. Mascle ( for a fee waiver.

It should come as no surprise that Morehead Writing Project Teacher Leaders are rock stars who are in demand!

Of course, this means that we sometimes lose track of our Teacher Leaders as they change positions and districts. While this can mean a lovely surprise when we meet old friends in unexpected places, it can also lead to lost connections and we hate for that to happen. 

So please let us know when you relocate -- even if the news may seem too old to you it might not be to us!

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