Hudson Valley Writing Project

Apprenticeship Applications
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Learn by doing as an apprentice in week-long Hudson Valley Writing Project summer Young Writers Programs.

Gain experience teaching writing. Working alongside HVWP master teachers, you will be a lesson planner, writer, teacher, writing coach, and photographer. You will learn about the writing process by helping young writers "generate," and "publish." Each weeklong program ends with a Celebration of Writing in which students read writing from the group's anthology for family members and friends.

Practice collaborative planning and reflection. Each day, you will be part of a team reviewing and making teaching adjustments before the young writers arrive and after they leave. You will join HVWP teachers for a pre-program orientation, school visit, and a post-program meeting to talk about what worked and ideas for improving future programs.

Apprenticeships are available for candidates seeking credit, including as an alternative for Fieldwork 1 & 2 or Field Experience 1 & 2 at SUNY New Paltz. Other university and high school students who do not require college credit are also considered to support programs as interns.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis from November 1 through May 1. Please note that all classes will take place remotely in summer 2021.

We will begin to contact selected candidates in February to arrange interviews and determine placements in March-June. Placements are made on a first-come, first served basis.

Earning undergraduate or graduate-level credit and field "hours" at SUNY New Paltz involves completing additional assignments and observing an HVWP teacher in a “regular” school setting during the academic year (5-6 hours). Talk to your advisor to see if you can earn credit (e.g. Adolescent Education Field Experience I or II, TESOL Education, or Elementary Education, Field Experience 3). This is a co-requisite with SED453.