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Director: David Franke

David Franke is a Professor of English at SUNY Cortland and directs the Professional Writing Program there.  He studies and teaches writing communities: college classrooms, the Seven Valleys Writing Project (obviously), a writing group for faculty on SUNY Cortland’s campus.  His dissertation (Syracuse University, 1999) studies teachers as writers.  If he didn’t study writing and the rhetoric, he would probably have been a farmer.  Some of his favorite authors are Michael Pollan, Wendell Berry, and Billy Collins.  His writing is almost exclusively bureaucratic, but also posts to a blog:  His main genres are email, poetry and creative nonfiction.




Co-Director: Kathryn Cernera

Kathryn has spent her entire teaching life in middle school, and hopes to never leave. In addition to her English teacher duties, she also heads the DeWitt Middle School drama program. This spring she will be working on her sabbatical: Writing to Learn in the Middle School Content Areas. She has been a 7VWP member since 2009, and has served as Co-Director since 2010.




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Co-Director: Brian G. Fay

Brian joined the Seven Valleys Writing Project in 2007 when it was little more than an idea, and served as Co-Director through 2010. He returned in 2014 to again lead the Summer Institute, plan Saturday sessions, and otherwise help direct the project. He has never stopped writing. Currently he teaches English in the Alternative Education division of OCM BOCES primarily at the high school level.