Capital Area Writing Project

“Teachers Teaching Teachers”

Capital Area Writing Project (CAWP), sponsored by Penn State Harrisburg’s School of Behavioral Sciences and Education, is the only National Writing Project (NWP) affiliate in our seven county region. With over 30 years as an NWP affiliate through Penn State Harrisburg, CAWP’s home among Teacher Education and Literacy Education programs benefits educators serving students at all levels.


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The mission of CAWP is to establish communities of teacher writers of all disciplines and all levels. We commit to practicing and teaching writing as well as nurturing professional growth, ultimately creating communities of student writers. CAWP takes a leadership role in the teaching of writing among school communities by strengthening and supporting literacy across the curriculum.

Teachers’ efforts focus on using research-based literacy strategies to build students’ independence, voice, and reading and writing skills.

Nineteen comparative studies conducted in eight states over the past decade demonstrate NWP’s positive impact on student writing achievement in elementary, middle and high schools and in urban, rural and suburban communities (NWP, 2013). Nationally, with 100,000 participating educators, NWP reaches 1.4 million students in 3,000 school districts and trains 3,000 teacher-leaders through intensive programs each year.


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Wed, 11/04/2015
CAWP Director, Dr. Julie Schappe, addresses Penn State Harrisburg's graduate teachers and CAWP fellows

The Capital Area Writing Project (CAWP) at Penn State Harrisburg, an affiliate of the National Writing Project (NWP), is growing as teachers from 21 school districts, 37 schools, across 7 counties in Pennsylvania are represented in 2015-2016 Fellowship.

Wed, 11/04/2015
Liz Mason shows the process her learning support students navigated to write and illustrate their own narrative pieces

More than 40 educators from across Central Pennsylvania came together at Penn State Harrisburg on October 6 to attend Capital Area Writing Project (CAWP)’s culminating event in the National Writing Project (NWP) Fellowship: Inquiry Project Poster Presentation. 

Wed, 04/10/2013
Young Writers Academy

Young writers eager to practice their storytelling will discover new tools this summer at Penn State Harrisburg’s Young Writers Academy, June 24-28, from 9:00 a.m. until noon on campus. Registration is now open.

A weeklong enrichment program for writers in grades 3-12, the academy is instructed by local teacher consultants, fellows of the National Writing Project, a national organization that strives to improve students’ writing and learning, specifically, by professionally developing teachers of writing.

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