2022 Spring Writing Conference 2022 Spring Writing Conference The Central West Virginia Writing Project at Marshall University hosted its second successful virtual Writing and Learning Conference, March 25 – 27, 2022. Our theme, Writing into Wellness and Wholeness, signaled our hope to make students and educators whole through an inquiry into practices and ideas that celebrated the power of writing as a unifier of mind, spirit, and community. The conference had 30+ sessions covering a range of topics that connect writers with their writing, with peers, and with their community! Our keynote speaker this year was Nancy Sharp, an award-winning adult and children’s author and nationally known speaker, who drew upon her unforgettable story–along with proven research–to inspire students, educators, and institutions to use writing and literacy to push beyond disruption and adversity toward growth and change. Her sessions, “Own Your Own Story: Building Wellness and Wholeness Through Autobiography”, empowered many to share their own stories. Our second keynote speaker was, Barry Lane, who is a nationally known speaker. He presented, “The Healing Pen”, to many educators to kick off the first day of the 2022 writing conference. He has taught writing in grades K-12, and written many professional books to help teachers teach writing with joy and passion. He helps aspiring writers of all ages hone their craft and find their unique voices. His message was that writers write for the same reason readers read: to find out what’s going to happen. Mr. Lane is also a singer/songwriter, and helps children with character building. Check out some photos below!