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Director's Page


Thank you for visiting the Indiana Writing Project!

My name is Susanna Benko, and I have been blessed with the opportunity to serve as the Director of the Indiana Writing Project.


Currently, I am an Assistant Professor at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, where I also serve as the Director of English Education. As part of my duties as a teacher educator, I supervise university teachers and teach ELA methods and young adult literature courses.


As a former middle/high school English teacher, I situate my research within teaching and learning.  Broadly, I am interested in writing instruction at multiple levels, including policy making and classroom teaching. In my policy-focused work, I am interested in the ways that curriculum is designed and disseminated and in the relationships between curriculum and standards/educational policy. In my teaching-focused work, I am interested in ways that teachers understand, design, and plan instruction for writing tasks. I’m also especially interested in the ways that teachers help students learn to write about literature.

Since my arrival at BSU in 2012, I have been with IWP.

I cannot begin to describe the pride that I feel as an educator whenever I witness writers at any level realize their potential and thrive to learn as much as they can when it comes to their writing abilities. That is why I am excited to introduce to you the Indiana Writing Project and what it means to be a part of this amazing family.

As an organization, IWP has served teachers, schools, and students in central Indiana for the past 30 years. To learn more about IWP, jump on over to the About Us page, where you will find all you need to know about this close-knit writing community. Once you find yourself captivated by our mission to promote the best possible writing instruction in all levels of education, peruse all of the professional development services that we offer.

I am so glad to be a part of this tremendous family, and am so thankful for your interest in our organization. I sincerely hope that you will join our community and become an active member of the Indiana Writing Project.

If you have any questions about IWP, our goals, or our services, feel free to contact the project at, or to contact me directly at

Happy Writing!

Susanna Benko, PhD

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