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 Online Summer Institute will be held during Morehead State  University's Summer I in 2016 (June 5-30). The Online Summer Institute will offer a choice of three or six graduate credit hours from Morehead State University (ENG 608 and ENG 609) or 36 hours of professional development credit.

The asynchronous seminar allows teachers unable to attend a traditional Invitational Summer Institute the opportunity for the National Writing Project experience. The Online Summer Institute includes the same focus areas as an ISI:

  • Teacher as writer
  • Teacher as reflective practitioner
  • Teacher as researcher
  • Teacher as leader

The Online Summer Institute includes many of the same experiences thanks to the opportunities that technology offers. The Online Summer Institute also offers unique experiences as the teachers who participate are not bound by geography to the Eastern Kentucky region.

This is a fun and enriching professional development experience that includes exposure to a number of tech tools to enrich and support literacy development as well as passion projects and gamification!

Teachers at any grade level and in any content area are welcome. Contact Morehead Writing Project Director Deanna Mascle (d.mascle@moreheadstate.edu) to learn more.

Note: Morehead State University graduate credit is $579 per credit hour (for 3 or 6 credit hours) OR Morehead Writing Project can offer up to 36 hours of professional development credit ($300). Learn more on our web site.

During the Morehead Writing Project summer writing camps writers will have the opportunity to participate in:

  • Freewriting
  • Writing workshop
  • Writing group

Camp activities will also include:

  • Skills lessons
  • Peer and adult support to develop finished writing
  • Using computers to draft, revise and create
  • Using technology to create and publish writing
  • Camps will be led by certified teachers with advanced National Writing Project training and include support from Morehead State University Education students.

Summer Writing Camp

Global Graffiti: Writing for change

Exploring and experimenting with language

to change yourself and to change the world

2016-global-graffiti-logoDuring the Morehead Writing Project summer writing camps, young writers from primary through high school will have the opportunity to participate in:

  • Freewriting
  • Writing workshop
  • Writing group
  • Publication

Camp activities will also include:

  • Skills lessons
  • Peer and adult support to develop finished writing
  • Using computers to draft, revise and create
  • Using technology to create and publish writing
  • Camps will be led by certified teachers with advanced National Writing Project training and include support from Morehead State University  Education students.

In 2017, we will offer five camps in four locations and serve three different age groups:

  • Maysville Young Writers Camp (grades 1-6): May 29th-June 2nd, 9 am-noon at Straub Elementary School in Maysville (Jennifer Kidd and Brandis Carlson-instructors)
  • MSU Intermediate Writers Camp (grades 4-8): June 5th-9th, 9 am- 2 pm. at MSU Combs (Abby Thomas – instructor)
  • MSU Teen Writers Camp (grades 9-12): June 26th-30th, 9 am – 2 pm at MSU Combs (Terry Lewis and Stacie May-instructors)
  • Montgomery County Intermediate Writers Camp (grades 4-8): July 10th-14th, 9 am – 2 pm at Montgomery County Intermediate School (Natasha Mora-instructor)
  • Lexington Young Writers Camp (Grades 2-5): July 10-14, 10 am-2 pm at Garrett Morgan Elementary School (Mallory Howard, instructor)

Registration fees include:

  • Global Graffiti t-shirt
  • Flash drive
  • Global Graffiti journal
  • Global publication

Note: Lunch is provided at all locations except MSU campus

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!