Celebrating 50 years of revolutionizing the teaching of writing

NWP Turns 50

In 1974 a revolutionary form of professional development for teachers was born. At its core were the knowledge, leadership, and best practices of effective teachers, and fundamental to its design was the sharing of that knowledge with other teachers.
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We’re celebrating all year

In November 2023 we began a year-long celebration of the National Writing Project’s 50th Birthday. Beginning at NCTE we launched a campaign to celebrate this milestone and we invite you to help fuel the next 50 years.

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Tend the Flame

This community poem was created by the Wick Poetry Center at Kent State University in celebration of NWP's 50th anniversary. The model poem draws from lines written by NWP teachers who participated in a writing workshop and invites everyone to add their voice.

Tend the Flame

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Share Your NWP Story

This collaborative activity is a chance for participants to interview each other and contribute to the story of NWP. Make a copy of this slideshow, share it with your group, and invite them to create their own slides and social media graphics to join the online celebration.

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Teacher Breakthroughs

If there were ever a time for sharing teacher personal and professional breakthroughs―the ways teachers have successfully and courageously turned a corner―that time is now.

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Classic Ideas for Teaching Writing, from the Archives

Throughout the year, Writing Project teachers will be surfacing and sharing teaching ideas from the past, that are still relevant today.

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