How I Found My Swag: Part 1


Lehigh Valley Writing Project Poetry Advanced Institute, Summer 2012

Before becoming a Penn State Lehigh Valley Writing Project Fellow, I was a “secret writer.” I wrote only for me and only in notebooks or journals no one would ever read.  As an English and education major, I could analyze a poem or create a lesson plan like nobody’s business, but putting a poem or a story into the world was terrifying. Thankfully, the Penn State Lehigh Valley Writing Project (LVWP) pulled me out of my writing closet.  LVWP is a local network of teachers teaching teachers and is part of the National Writing Project, a national network of teachers teaching teachers.

Writing Project is the best professional development I could ask for as a teacher and has helped me find my swag as a writer.  I’m proud to be included in the Writing Wisdom from the World section on their website.

Find your National Writing Project site here and be inspired and challenged.

About Heather Harlen

Heather is the writer of the HOPE YOU GUESS MY NAME: A THRILLER (Book 1 of the Marina Konyeshna Thrillogy) and teacher who is trying to make every day count without burning out. Look for SHAME, SHAME, I KNOW YOUR NAME (BOOK 2 of the Marina Konyeshna Thrillogy) in early 2017 (Northampton House Press).

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