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Teachers teach. Writers write. We do both.

WHO WE ARE

We are a non-profit organization of, by, and for teachers dedicated to improving the teaching and uses of writing at all grade levels (K–16) and in all disciplines by offering writing workshops throughout the year.

PROGRAMS FOR TEACHERS

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TESTIMONIALS

“From my Afternoon Writing Group, I take away the importance of building trust. Previously I only had my students edit each other’s papers, but not help revise. Now, before my students begin to share revision, I will build community. The bond that my AWG formed was amazing, and they helped me become a better, more confident writer.”

— Pam Haney, Santa Teresa HS, East Side Union HSD

“I feel like most professional development is for new teachers, or dumbed down. This was not…it was incredible. I’m a better teacher and more prepared to share my learning with colleagues, which made my experience even more meaningful.”

— Anne Van der Staay, Ellis ES, Sunnyvale ESD

"I can say without doubt that this summer institute has been the most beneficial professional development I have been a part of."

— John Wou, Horner MS, Fremont USD

"Feedback was a powerful component. The letter dialogues led me back to questions I had when I first started teaching: How do I teach? Why do I teach? Breaking away from the formulaic structures I have been tied to, I am now experiencing a resurgence of what I felt at the beginning of my teaching; authenticity.”

— Patricia Carrillo, Olinder ES, SJUSD

“I loved the Saturday workshop model with live students. It is a great reminder of how much students are capable of when given the tools and mentor texts to support expressing their own truths. I will continue to build a more student-centered, authentic classroom with reading and writing methods I experienced here.”

— Ariel Sarver, Westmont HS, Campbell UHSD

"A veteran of the classroom needs inspiration as much as a newly-credentialed teacher. The Saturday PLC met my need to explore new ways to reach students. What works one year may fall flat the next, so then it’s time to sign up for a Saturday Seminar series. "

— Mike White

“Saturday Seminars have been invaluable in allowing me to learn from experienced teachers in a collaborative environment where they discuss the challenges and successes they experience daily in a classroom.”

— Mackenzie Rodriguez

​“My student life was spent groaning about page count requirements, so writing was a chore. Then in the ISI a teacher demonstrated using “snapshot” memories. Her lesson made it simple to ease into a piece that ended up being much longer and more complex than I ever imagined. This idea came from an elementary school teacher and I’m an AP Language instructor!”

— Babak Shahrivar, Piedmont Hills HS, ESUHSD

CURRENT PROGRAMS

Professional Learning Community

Join our teacher-led Professional Learning Community (PLC) to extend your growth, self-reflection, and earn graduate college credit.

For Teachers

Novel Writing Certificate Program

THE NOVEL WRITING APPLICATIONS DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO AUGUST 15TH!

This program is designed to be flexible and accommodating of students with already busy schedules who wish to pursue their passion for novel writing in a community of supportive peers.

For Students

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