As a professional development organization, one of the core focus areas of the National Writing Project is leadership development. As a result, the Morehead Writing Project is led by a representative Leadership Team including site leaders from every level of education:

Director Dr. Deanna Mascle, post-secondary

Program Assistant Kelli Calvert Besselman


  • Summer Institute Leslie Workman, secondary
  • Continuity Brandis Carlson, elementary
  • In-Service
  • Outreach Vickie Moriarity, middle


  • Camp Brandis Carlson, elementary
  • College Ready Writers Program Lindsay Johnson and Brandie Trent, secondary
  • High-Need School Grant (Fleming) Brandie Trent, secondary
  • Online Summer Institute Liz Prather, secondary
  • Online Fall Institute Leslie Workman, secondary
  • Retreat Karen VanKirk, secondary
  • Scholastic Michelle Martin, middle
  • Technology Billie Jo Thornberry, middle
  • Teen Writers Day Out Dakoda Bowling, secondary
  • Tween Writers Day Out Michelle Martin and Stacie May, middle
  • Writing Eastern Kentucky Conference

Returning Fellows:

  • Patricia Hackworth, Betsy Layne High School (Floyd County)
  • Sarah Webster, Gallatin County High School


  • Dakoda Trenary, Rowan County High School
  • Devan French, Bourban Central Elementary