National Writing Project

2014 Annual Meeting—Thursday

Thursday morning begins with a round of Hanging Out sessions where Writing Project colleagues can connect, have conversations, and share ideas. The Hanging Out sessions are followed by a plenary session. Lunch is available from 12:15 p.m.–1:15 p.m. Two rounds of afternoon sessions will run from 1:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m., and we’ll end the day with an evening social with complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a no-host bar at 5:30 p.m.

Thursday Overview

As they were in 2013, the 2014 breakout sessions are designated according to "HOMAGO"—a term that refers to Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out. HOMAGO comes from Connected Learning research and describes a spectrum of learning opportunities from highly informal and exploratory to more formally designed to provide depth around an interest. HOMAGO describes three arenas where kids—and NWP site leaders—can socialize, play, and learn from one other using physical spaces as well as social and new media.

We have adapted the idea of HOMAGO to describe the intent and substance of the small-group sessions at the 2014 Annual Meeting from the informal roundtable discussions and "unconference" feel of the morning sessions through the workshop sessions in the afternoon.

Hanging Out: Round A Sessions

The morning starts with something for everyone: discussion groups, opportunities to write or try out a new technology, and opportunities to share ideas about Writing Project work.

Thursday Plenary

Woodrow Wilson A, Hotel Ballroom Level

Join your colleagues at the morning plenary as we celebrate 40 years of Our NWP.


Maryland C, Conference Center Ballroom Level

Join us for lunch directly following the plenary (cost included in your registration fee).

Messing Around and Geeking Out: Round B and C Sessions

These two rounds of afternoon breakout sessions provide opportunities for conversations about teaching and learning and being an NWP site.

NWP Social

Maryland C, Conference Center Ballroom Level

Plan to gather at the end of the day for light snacks and a no-host bar to celebrate our collective learning together.

A Place to Stand Documentary Screening

Woodrow Wilson A, Hotel Ballroom Level

Please join us from 7:30–9:30 p.m. for a screening of A Place to Stand , the documentary inspired by the life of Jimmy Santiago Baca, beloved poet, author, playwright, and teacher. Jimmy Santiago Baca will be at the screening to talk with the audience about the film, his life, and his work. Tickets are $10 and are a donation to the NWP. Click here to purchase tickets. Copies of the DVD will be available for purchase at the screening. More ›

Other Things of Note

NWP Central

NWP Central will be located in the Woodrow Wilson Ballroom Foyeron the Hotel Ballroom Level of the Gaylord Convention Center and will be open from 7:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. on Thursday.

Be sure to stop by the sales table at NWP Central, where you can purchase copies of NWP's newest co-published books, buy NWP's signature t-shirts, and pick up other useful materials. The sales table will be open from 7:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.


A continental breakfast, lunch, and light afternoon snacks will be available in NWP Central on the Hotel Ballroom Level of the Gaylord Convention Center and are included in the cost of registration. The evening social is also included.

NWP Booth

Be sure to stop by the Exhibit Hall at the Gaylord Convention Center and visit the NWP booth (spaces 324 & 326) at this year's NCTE Convention. NWP staff and local teacher-consultants will be on hand to provide information about the Writing Project. The booth will also feature a game, publications, and materials from NWP and the DC Area Writing Project.

The booth is open Friday, noon–6:00 p.m.; Saturday, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.; and Sunday, 9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

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