"Amy Ludwig VanDerwater's passion for writing is contagious and sets the tone for the professional learning sessions she facilitates.  She uses her immense knowledge of writing - along with her sense of humor - to provide practical models that teachers are excited to try.  Teachers look forward to their professional learning days with Amy.  They leave every session feeling empowered and inspired to teach writing. The most compelling evidence of Amy’s impact on writing instruction in our district is the ever-growing collection of creative, smart, and thoughtful student writing proudly displayed in the hallways of our schools!  Amy has helped Webster teachers implement the writing workshop model, feel confident with the assessment of student writing and know how to provide meaningful feedback to help students improve their craft.  Amy VanDerwater is a consultant and visiting author that will absolutely help your writing program grow and flourish."
Marygrace Ferrando, Director of ELA and Library
Webster Central School District, Webster, NY

"Amy has been working with our district for a year on our writing initiative for Pioneer Central School District. By far Amy is the most effective professional developer that I have ever worked with. Her dynamic and engaging personality is refreshing. She breathes life back into teaching. At a time of rapid change and high pressure...Amy keeps students at the heart of learning."
Mellisa Devitt, Director of Curriculum and Instruction
Pioneer Central School District, Delevan, NY

“Amy L.V. knows writing from both sides of the desk: as an accomplished poet and writer herself, and as a teacher of writing. The combination of these perspectives makes her invaluable as a literacy consultant. Because of her deep knowledge base about writing, her understanding of teaching and learning, and her enduring sense of enthusiasm and humor, there is no one I trust more to consult with teachers. Amy was my first choice as a consultant when I needed someone to deliver seminars based on my Heinemann professional publications.” 
Katie Wood Ray, Author
About the Authors, Wondrous Words, Study Driven, 
Already Ready, Writing Workshop…

“… while she came highly recommended, those recommendations pale in comparison to the impact she has had on teachers and students in this district….Consistently, the feedback the district has received about Mrs. Ludwig VanDerwater has been outstanding.”
Mark Bower
Former Director, Elementary Education & Staff Development
Hilton Central Schools, Hilton, NY

"My weakest curriculum area used to be writing, but after working with Amy it is now my strongest…”
Nancy Simmons, Fourth Grade Teacher
Newfane Intermediate School, Newfane, NY

"I am truly excited about Writer's Workshop this year and my new perspective, ideas, and growing list of mentor books...Thank you Amy for for reminding teachers to continually look back and reflect, so we can move forward to inspire and make a difference."
Lisa Giopulos, Kindergarten Teacher
Wellsville Elementary School, Wellsville, NY

“Winner of Rochester News 8 Golden Apple Award”
nominated by teacher Mary Jo Daughton
Durand Intermediate School, East Irondequoit, NY

Kind Words
Workshops for Teachers
Primary Writing Workshop
Intermediate Writing Workshop
Middle School Writing Workshop
Play & Work in a Writer’s Notebook
Punctuation: Little Marks Mean a Lot
Teacher as Writer/Writer as Teacher
Persuasive Writing: Writing to Win
Personal Narrative: It’s all Story
Fiction: Making it Real (or Not)
Conferring: Listening at the Heart
Nonfiction: Passions and Texts
A Place for Poetry
What Makes Strong Writing?
Literature in the Writing Workshop
Sentences: Structure & Style
Planning Units in Writing Workshop
Revision, Revision, Revision
Poems from Air to Page
Book Making as Art

Classroom Demonstrations
Summer Institutes
Parent Workshops
Ongoing Planning Sessions

Independent Consulting in Schools
Williamsville Central Schools, Williamsville, NY
Newfane Central Schools, Newfane, NY
Buffalo City Schools, Buffalo, NY
Decatur Schools, Decatur, GA
Lancaster Central Schools, Lancaster, NY
Holley Central Schools, Holley, NY
Sweet Home Central Schools, Amherst, NY
San Diego Unified Schools, San Diego, CA
Corning Painted Post Central Schools, Corning, NY
Malone Central Schools, Malone, NY
Holland Central Schools, Holland, NY
Caledonia-Mumford Central Schools, Caledonia, NY
Lockport Central Schools, Lockport, NY
East Irondequoit Schools, Irondequoit, NY
West Irondequoit Schools, Irondequoit, NY
Hilton Central Schools, Hilton, NY
Attica Central Schools, Attica, NY
Frontier Central Schools, Hamburg, NY
Victor Central Schools, Victor, NY
Genesee Valley BOCES, Mount Morris, NY
Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Schools, Kenmore, NY
Niagara Falls City Schools, Niagara Falls, NY
York Central Schools, York, ME
West Seneca Central Schools, West Seneca, NY
Spencerport Central Schools, Spencerport, NY
Iroquois Central Schools, Elma, NY
Grand Island Central Schools, Grand Island, NY
Amherst Central Schools, Amherst, NY
Webster Central Schools, Webster, NY
Hamburg Central Schools, Hamburg, NY
Cleveland Hill Central Schools, Cheektowaga, NY
Barrington Community Unit School District 220, Barrington, IL
St. Lawrence BOCES, Canton, NY
Pioneer Central Schools, Yorkshire, NY
Closter Public Schools, Closter, NJ
Fillmore Central Schools, Fillmore, NY
Wellsville Central Schools, Wellsville, NY
Pembroke Central Schools, Pembroke, NY
Starpoint Central Schools, Lockport, NY
Charter School for Applied Technologies, Kenmore, NY
Georgia Elementary and Middle School, Georgia, VT
Manchester-Shortsville Central School District, Shortsville, NY

Guest Lectures at Colleges
Medaille College, Buffalo, NY
Daemen College, Amherst, NY
St. John Fisher College, Rochester, NY

Seminars for Greenwood-Heinemann, Portsmouth, NH
Oregon Trail Schools, Boring, OR
New York City Public Schools, Brooklyn, NY
Overland Park Schools, Kansas City, KS
Grand Junction Schools, Grand Junction, CO
Vestavia Hills City Schools, Vestavia Hills, AL
Educational Service Unit #3, Omaha, NE
New York City Schools, PS 306, Bronx, NY
New York City Schools, PS 169, Bronx, NY
Casper Central Schools, Casper, WY
Amistad Academy, New Haven, CT
Knott County School District, Hindman, KY
St. Mary Catholic School, Royal Oak, MI
St. Patrick Catholic School, Charlotte, NC
Indiana School for the Deaf, Indianapolis, IN
West Carrollton Schools, Miamisburg, OH
Winnetka Public Schools, Winnetka, OH
Bridgeton Public Schools, Bridgeton, NJ
Fort Smith School District, Fort Smith, AR
College Station Independent School District, College Station, TX

Consulting for LitLife, Hastings, NY
Hastings Central Schools, Hastings, NY
Mamaroneck Central Schools, Mamaroneck, NY
Bedford Central Schools, Bedford, NY

Consulting for Reading Writing Project Network, NY, NY
Queensbury Central Schools, Queensbury, NY
Maynard Central School District, Maynard, MA
Spencer-Van Etten Central Schools, Spencer, NY

Keynotes, Evenings, & Conferences
Niagara Frontier Reading Council, Workshop, Amherst, NY
LitLife Symposium, Workshop & Keynote, Bedford, NY
Malone Writing Institute, Workshop & Keynote, Malone, NY
Binghamton Reading Council Dinner, Keynote, Binghamton, NY, Winter 2008
RALC Presentation on Poetry, Rochester, NY, Fall 2012
York Week Long Summer Institute, York, ME
Kidlit Con 4, Poetry Friday Panelist, Minneapolis, MN
Binghamton Area Reading Council, Poetry Morning, Fall 2011
NCTE, History Writing Panelist, Chicago, IL, Fall 2011
Literacy for All, Workshop, Providence, RI, Fall, 2011
NYS PTA Convention, Workshop Niagara Falls, NY, Fall, 2011
Writing Workshop & Keynote, Paramus,NJ, Summer 2012
Rotary Club Literacy Fair, Cheektowaga, NY, 2012
RALC Presentation on Opinion Writing, Rochester NY, Fall 2012
Sheldon Elementary Reading Night Talk, Attica, NY, Fall 2012
NCTE, Poetry Panel, Las Vegas, NV, Fall 2012
Texas Library Association Annual Conference, P*CON, Spring 2012
New York Western Region PTA Meeting Speaker, Spring 2013
All Write! Conference, Warsaw, Indiana, Summer 2013
NCTE, "Celebrating Joyce Sidman," Boston, MA, Fall 2013
Binghamton Area Reading Council Souper Supper, Keynote, Winter 2013
IRA, "How is a Poet Like a Scientist," Panel, New Orleans, LA, Spring 2014
D’Youville College, “Becoming a Teacher or Writing,” Buffalo, NY Spring 2014
Paramus, NJ Writing Institute, Summer 2012, 2013, 2014
 WNY Young Writers Studio Retreat, Guest Speaker, Java Center, NY, Summer 2014
Pioneer CSD, Workshop, Yorkshire, NY, Summer 2012, 2013, 2014
School Librarians’ Association of WNY Fall Sharing, 2014
New York State Reading Association, “Poetry All Day Long,” Fall 2014
NCTE, “Poetry Notables of 2015” and “Poem as Storyteller,” Washington DC, Fall 2014
D’Youville College, “Conferring in the Writing Workshop,” Buffalo, NY, Winter 2015
Kent Reading Council, “Writing Poetry with Children,” Grand Rapids, MI, Winter 2015

Other Projects
Buy Local Project, Livingston County, NY
One Book, One School, One Community, Caledonia, NY
Blog - The Poem Farm
Blog - Sharing Our Notebooks
POETRY FRIDAY Blogger and Host
4-H Fun Day, Camp Wyomoco, Varysburg, NY, Spring 2011
Board Member, Niagara Frontier Reading Council, 2010-2013
Viart: Connecting Art & Literacy, Holmes Elementary, 2013

CYBILS, First Round Poetry 2011
Western NY PTA Reflections Contest, Literature 2011-2013 
Hamburg Schools PTSA Reflections Contest, Literature 2012, 2013, 2014 
NCTE Poetry Award Committee 2012-2014

Niagara Frontier Reading Council
International Reading Association
National Council of Teachers of English
New York State Reading Association
Western New York Book Arts Collaborative
Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators

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Teacher Workshops
A former fifth grade teacher, writing camp director, and staff developer at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, I teach regularly in schools, demonstrating ways to develop and strengthen writing workshops, study genres of writing, and confer with students. Here you can explore my workshop offerings, recommendations, and a list of schools and committees with which I've worked.

If you would like more information, or to schedule a workshop or other event, please contact me through e-mail.mailto:amy@amylv.com?subject=helloshapeimage_10_link_0
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A former fifth grade teacher, writing camp director, and staff developer at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, I teach regularly in schools, demonstrating ways to develop and strengthen writing workshops, study genres of writing, and confer with students. Here you can explore my workshop offerings, recommendations, and a list of schools and committees with which I've worked.

If you would like more information, or to schedule a workshop or other event, please contact me through e-mail.

July 27-30, 2015 (Monday - Thursday)
Paramus Writing Institute
Paramus, NJ
For more information, click HERE.