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Outreach Efforts

The Department of English is committed to community-building.  We strive to work toward positive change on our campus, in Morgantown, and in our state. We do this, in part, when English department faculty and students collaborate with community partners.  This page highlights some of those projects.

Bolton Workshop for Writing Teachers

The Bolton Workshop for Writing Teachers is a poetry outreach program generously supported by a gift from one of WVU's longtime benefactors, Mrs. Ruth Bolton, and coordinated by Professor Mary Ann Samyn. Each fall the Bolton Workshop brings MFA students and local elementary, middle, and high school teachers together to form a community of poetry readers and writers; each spring, MFAs visit the teachers' classrooms and work with their students on poetry writing. For more information, contact Professor Mary Ann Samyn.

Eberly Writing Studio & Morgantown High School Partnership

Starting in the spring of 2017, Eberly Writing Studio consultants will be helping Morgantown High School teachers and students establish the first K-12 writing center in West Virginia. In the high school writing center’s pilot year, Eberly Writing Studio consultants will serve as mentors and assist in training high school peer tutors. For more information, contact Professor Nathalie Singh-Corcoran.

The Green Zone Project

The West Virginia Green Zone (WVGZ) is a project founded by former Army Sgt. Howard Davidson, and Professor Tom Sura is the faculty advisor. As a volunteer, grassroots effort, WVGZ focuses on helping WVU’s faculty, staff, and students feel greater confidence working with student veterans by increasing awareness of the institution’s policies regarding student veterans, providing student veterans with a voice in the community, and building personal connections between WVU faculty, staff, students, and student veterans. For more information, contact Professor Tom Sura.