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Join the NWP Writers Council

Novelists, journalists, songwriters, children's book authors, science writers, playwrights, screenwriters, historians... Who knows better than writers about the importance of writing? More than 60 authors who care deeply about helping all learners become stronger writers have already joined the NWP Writers Council.

NWP's Writers Council is a diverse collection of authors who support the mission and vision of the National Writing Project and want to ensure that all young people have the support they need to participate fully in our literate world. The NWP envisions a future where every person is an accomplished writer, engaged learner, and active participant in a digital, interconnected world.


Writers Council members share NWP's belief that writing is vital to thinking, creating, communicating, and participating in the world. These writers lend their name to NWP to make the importance of writing and the work of NWP and its network of teacher-leaders more visible.

Interested authors can do more, but each author decides how much or how little to participate.


NWP educators and scholars know that writing is important. And three-quarters of Americans think schools should put more emphasis on teaching students to write well.* When people who devote their life to this craft join together to generate greater attention to writing, we believe that it can make a difference. We also want more people to know about the National Writing Project, and the work being done by educators across the country to improve writing.


If you are a published author who is willing to stand up for writing, we want to hear from you. Here is how you can connect with us:

  1. Take a look at NWP's work.
  2. Review our current list of NWP Writers Council members.
  3. Get in touch if you'd like to know more:

* Belden Russonello & Stewart. 2009. Writing, a National Pastime, Takes New Forms: A Survey for the National Writing Project. Washington, DC: Belden Russonello & Stewart.

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