Wyoming Arts Council

Teachers: Try Canada's WIER program

Wyoming was the first state in the U.S. to participate in the Writers in Electronic Residence (WIER) program, based in Toronto, Canada. While the Wyoming Arts Council no longer coordinates this program in the state, school are free to sign up for the semester-long series of writing workshops. WYO teachers have found WIER to be a boost to their students’ creativity and writing skills used during standardized tests.

Here’s the announcement:

Your school participated in the Writers In Electronic Residence (WIER) program within the last six years, and we are contacting everyone to let you know that WIER is going strong. In fact, 2008 marks our 20th year! Now is a great time to register for our fall 2008 term, which will run from September 15 to December 5, 2008. All programs — elementary, middle and secondary school levels — are available. If you think this information would be useful to others, please feel free to pass this message along, or let me know, and I will be pleased to contact them.

Please visit our website at www.wier.ca for program information and fees, student writing samples, author biographies, and more — including WIER’s application process, and term dates for winter and spring. We will be working on our list of authors for 2008-2009 in the coming weeks, so please check the website regularly for updates.

FMI: Please feel free to contact me at cuy@wier.ca, or at (416) 591-6300, ext. 235.

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