Meadow Brook Writing Project

O'Dowd Hall, Room 147 and 147A
586 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
(location map)

About Meadow Brook Writing Project

About Meadow Brook Writing Project

The Meadow Brook Writing Project (MBWP) at Oakland University in Rochester, Mich., brings the writing project model to parts of the Detroit metropolitan area. This extensive area, with a population of close to 4 million, is also served by the Oakland Writing Project in Ann Arbor and the Eastern Michigan Writing Project in Ypsilanti. The MBWP concentrates its efforts in the Detroit School District, Macomb County, Oakland Community College and the Public School Academies of Oakland University. We are affiliated with the Urban Sites Network. Visit the National Writing Project website for more information about this federally funded national program. 

The Meadow Brook Writing Project name comes from Meadow Brook Hall, the 100-room Tudor mansion given to Michigan State University by Matilda Dodge Wilson for the establishment of a branch campus. The former branch is now a separate state university, Oakland University, with nearly 18,000 students. Oakland University's highest-quality enterprises carry the Meadow Brook name including Meadow Brook Music Festival, the summer home of the Detroit Symphony, and Meadow Brook Theatre, a professional theatre company. In addition to naming these quality enterprises, "Meadow Brook" implies the principal sources of local prosperity: automotive manufacturing (Dodge) and lumber processing (Wilson).

Contact Information:

Ron Sudol, Founding Director
Retired Dean 
College of Arts and Sciences
Oakland University
Rochester, MI 48309

Marshall Kitchens, Director
Associate Professor of Rhetoric
Oakland University
(248) 370-4151

Mary Cox, Co-Director
Retired teacher, Renaissance High School, Detroit

Kathleen Reddy-Butkovich, Co-Director
Former Curriculum Coordinator for English Language Arts and Social Studies,
Plymouth-Canton Community Schools


Rebecca Vornberger, Youth Writing Camp Director

Special Lecturer of Writing and Rhetoric, Oakland University


Christina Hall, Director of Professional Development

Special Lecturer of Writing and Rhetoric, Oakland University