Language & Learning Conference

Held annually in March, and begun in 1987, the NVWP’s Bernadette Mulholland Glaze Language and Learning Conference has provided opportunities for more than 4,000 teachers to share their knowledge and enthusiasm about writing and the teaching of writing. The conference features nationally recognized educators in the field of writing as well as exemplary demonstration lessons presented by NVWP Teacher Consultants.

 2015 Online Registration now available!

 Mail-in Registration Form also available here.


In 2015, Ralph Fletcher will keynote the Language and Learning Conference. Please mark you calendars now for what is sure to be another energizing day of teachers teaching teachers. We look forward to seeing you and your teacher colleagues at George Mason University on March 28, 2015.  

Ralph Fletcher has been a mentor to teachers and young writers everywhere. He frequently works with young writers in schools, and speaks at education conferences in the US and abroad, helping teachers find wiser ways of teaching writing. Ralph is the author of many bestselling teacher professional books including Writing Workshop: The Essential Guide; Craft Lessons; What a Writer Needs, 2nd edition; Boy Writers: Reclaiming Their Voices, and Breathing In, Breathing Out. Students know Ralph as the award-winning author of more than 20 books for children and young adults, including Fig Pudding, Flying Solo, Twilight Comes Twice, The Writer’s Notebook, Marshfield Dreams: When I Was a Kid, Also Known As Rowan Pohi, and Guy-Write: What Every Guy Writer Needs to Know.  Ralph’s forthcoming book is Making Nonfiction From Scratch (Stenhouse), in which he puts forth ideas for helping students create more authentic, and less formulaic, nonfiction writing.

Click here for 2015 session descriptions, which will be updated regularly.

View video highlights from the 2012 Language and Learning conference by clicking the video below.

Previous keynote speakers at the Language and Learning Conference include: Penny Kittle, Donalyn Miller, Jim Burke, Kelly Gallagher, Jane Hansen, Alfie Kohn, Tom Romano, Linda Rief, Peter Elbow, Mark Overmeyer, Donald Graves, Kylene Beers and Bob Probst, Donald Murray, Barry Lane, and Ralph Fletcher.  In 2006, The Language and Learning Conference was renamed the Bernadette Mulholland Glaze Language and Learning Conference, in honor of the conference’s founder, NVWP co-director Bernie Glaze.