National Writing Project

Ten New Sites Join NWP Network

Date: February 6, 2009

Summary: With the addition of ten new writing project sites this spring, the NWP now partners with more than two hundred colleges and universities to offer professional development programs.


This spring, with the addition of ten sites to its network, the National Writing Project moves closer toward its goal of putting a writing project site within reach of every teacher.

Eighty-five new sites have joined the National Writing Project network since 2000, including ten new sites joining this year. The NWP now partners with more than two hundred colleges and universities to offer professional development programs to K–16 educators, across the curriculum.

Each of the ten new sites will hold its first invitational institute this summer (2009). The summer institute is at the core of NWP’s model of “teachers teaching teachers” and is the source of each site’s cadre of teacher-leaders, who lead ongoing professional development that serves local teachers and schools.

In a recent article in The Herald of Arkansas State University , new-site director Dixie Keyes of the Arkansas Delta Writing Project in Jonesboro, said she spent nine months doing research, talking with area teachers, and writing the new-site grant proposal.

“I was driven by teachers’ questions and their desires to learn more about writing, about inquiry into their teaching practices, and about empowering professional development,” said Keyes, an assistant professor of education at Arkansas State.

Funding for new writing project sites is open to colleges and universities in the United States and its territories and freely associated states. Selection is competitive, and funding is tied by legislation to the NWP model. Learn more about the new-site application process at the NWP website.

New NWP Sites

Central Arizona Writing Project
Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ
Director: James Blasingame

Arkansas Delta Writing Project
Arkansas State University
Jonesboro, AR
Director: Dixie Keyes

Cal State Northridge Writing Project
California State University, Northridge
Northridge, CA
Director: Kathleen Rowlands

Lehua Writing Project
University of Hawaii at Hilo
Hilo, HI
Director: Jeannine Hirtle

Chippewa River Writing Project
Central Michigan University
Mount Pleasant, MI
Director: Troy Hicks

Yellowstone Writing Project
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT
Directors: Kirk Branch and Lisa Eckert

PennLake National Writing Project
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
Edinboro, PA
Directors: Barbara Rahal and Donna Thompson

Coastal Bend Writing Project
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
Corpus Christi, TX
Director: Catherine Quick

Central Utah Writing Project
Brigham Young University
Provo, UT
Director: Deborah Dean

Blue Ridge Writing Project
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Blacksburg, VA
Directors: Kelly Belanger and Aileen Murphy

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