Western New York Writing Project

An affiliate of the National Writing Project, University of California at Berkeley, the Western New York Writing Project (WNYWP) has been empowering the writing/reading process in the schools across the Niagara Frontier for 21 years.

What is the Western New York Writing Project? 

The WNYWP is a well-established site of the National Writing Project – a nationwide education program that works to improve student writing and thinking. Our goal is to improve the teaching of writing in our area schools. The WNYWP is part of an expanding national network of more than 195 Writing Project sites across the United States. Every year more than 300,000 teachers across the country participate in National Writing Project programs. Teachers come together in the summer, on weekends, and at the end of the school day to learn from other successful teachers how to improve their own teaching of writing. 

Goals of the Western New York Writing Project 

  • Improve student writing and learning
  • Extend the uses of writing in all disciplines
  • Provide schools, colleges and universities with an effective professional development model
  • Identify, celebrate, and enhance the professional role of successful classroom teachers

Summer Institute

Each summer the Western New York Writing Project identifies exemplary teachers of writing who represent all grade levels from kindergarten through university and from all subject areas.  These teachers attend our intensive four week Summer Institute hosted by Canisius College - in teaching reading and writing. They see teachers demonstrate successful classroom practices, present a lesson integrating writing, study research, pose their own research questions, write extensively and share their writing.

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