National Writing Project

Getting Oriented to the Annual Meeting


Welcome to the National Writing Project Annual Meeting! The NWP Annual Meeting is the one time each year that representatives from NWP sites come together in one large gathering of the community that is the National Writing Project. We hope site leaders, teachers, and guests will find many opportunities for interesting and informative conversations throughout the day as they participate in discussion groups, sessions, and networking with colleagues from around the country.

About the Annual Meeting

The NWP Annual Meeting is held yearly in conjunction with NCTE's Annual Convention and is always the week before Thanksgiving.

NWP provides regular and frequent information about the Annual Meeting beginning in the summer of each year, so you can make lodging plans and begin planning your travel as early as possible. Registration opens in the summer, and additional information about the meeting is posted throughout the summer and fall. This year's Annual Meeting registration fee is $150 and includes breakfast, lunch, and an evening social.

We also encourage everyone to register for and attend sessions at the NCTE Annual Convention.

Other Things of Note

NWP Central
NWP Central will be located in the Majestic Ballroom Foyer on the second floor of the Marriott's conference plaza and will be open from 7:30 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 tote bags, and pick up useful materials. The sales table will be open from 7:30 a.m.–6:00 p.m. on Thursday, as well as on Wednesday from 5:30 p.m.–8:00 p.m. at the Welcome Room.

A continental breakfast, light afternoon snacks, and an evening social with hors d'oeuvres will be available in NWP Central (Majestic Ballroom Foyer, second floor, conference plaza) and are included in the cost of registration. Lunch will also be provided in the Majestic Ballroom following the plenary.

NWP Co-Published Author Book Signings
NWP has seven new co-published books to share with the network, and some of the authors will be signing their books at this year's Annual Meeting. Please join us at the Welcome Room on Wednesday, November 15 from 5:30 p.m.–8:00 p.m. and/or the NWP Booth at NCTE (Friday–Sunday) to meet the authors and purchase their books. Visit the NWP Yapp app (see sidebar) for more information on the books and individual signings.

NWP Booth
Be sure to stop by Exhibit Hall 3 in the America's Center Convention Complex and visit the NWP booth (spaces 426 & 428) 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, materials, and book signings by NWP co-published authors.

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.

T-Shirt Exchange
This year we will be hosting a local-site t-shirt exchange! If you'd like to trade one of your local site t-shirts—from an ISI, leadership team meeting, summer camp, or other event—for a shirt from another site, please bring one to St. Louis. The exchange will be open at the Welcome Room on Wednesday and at the NWP Social on Thursday starting at 5:00 p.m.

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