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Spartanburg Writing Project Hosts Nationally-Acclaimed Educator and Author Katie Wood Ray

09- 21- 2009

Spartanburg, S.C. - The Spartanburg Writing Project (SWP) at the University of South Carolina Upstate will host nationally-acclaimed educator and author Katie Wood Ray on Thursday, October 8 from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. in the Campus Life Center Ballroom, Room 309. Ray, an author of countless professional texts, will deliver a two-hour professional development workshop on writing instruction for local teachers as part of SWP's annual Fall Renewal Conference.

The event is open to all public and private school educators in the Upstate. However, seating is limited. The cost of registration is $50 per person which includes light refreshments, and all participants will be eligible for recertification credits. Registration forms are available at or by e-mailing Tasha Thomas at The deadline to register is September 25, 2009.

“Having used her works for many years in our partnerships and summer institutes, we are thrilled to be hosting Katie Wood Ray who will focus on Using Texts to Help Students See New Possibilities in Writing Workshop,” said Tasha Thomas, director of the Spartanburg Writing Project.

A former associate professor of language arts education at Western Carolina University, Ray is now a full-time writer and researcher of the teaching of writing. With a particular focus on the study of writing craft, she leads teacher workshops and summer institutes across the nation related to the teaching of writing. Her professional background includes both elementary and middle school teaching experience and two years as a staff developer at The Reading and Writing Project, Teachers College, Columbia University. She was also the coeditor of the journal Primary Voices K–6, a publication of the National Council of Teachers of English.

Ray is the author Already Ready (2008), Study Driven (2007), About the Authors (2004) and its DVD companion The Teaching Behind ABOUT THE AUTHORS (2005), and What You Know by Heart (2002). She is also the author or coauthor of Spelling in Use: Looking Closely at Spelling in the Whole Language Classrooms (1996, NCTE), Wondrous Words: Writers and Writing in the Elementary Classroom (1999, NCTE), and The Writing Workshop: Working Through the Hard Parts (And They¹re All Hard Parts) (2001, NCTE).

For more information, contact Tasha Thomas, director of the Spartanburg Writing Project, at (864) 503-5653 or