Capital Area Writing Project

A National Writing Project (NWP) affiliate since 1982, Capital Area Writing Project (CAWP) supports teachers across content areas to improve PK-16 writing and reading instruction. Our programs include graduate-level Invitational Candidate Institute fellowships, advanced institutes, and open professional development and youth programs.

Join CAWP's - Professional Learning Communities to Impact Teachers' Resources and Students' Performance: Content area and Common Core standards create new literacy demands for students and teachers. The National Center for Literacy Education (2013) and National Assessment of Educational Progress (2013) show the need to develop skills and strategies to address these challenges and improve 21st century learning for all.

NWP positively impacts student writing achievement in elementary, middle and high schools and in urban, rural and suburban communities. 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.


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.

Fri, 10/15/2010

Sponsored by the Penn State Harrisburg Capital Area Writing Project, WordFest, a conference for educators of all levels, will be held Thursday, October 21, from 5:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Capital Area Intermediate Unit (CAIU) in Summerdale. The event is free and open to all educators and writers.

Wed, 03/31/2010

A workshop with guest author Gordon Korman will highlight the Young Writers Academy at Penn State Harrisburg, June 21 to 25.

Hosted by the college’s Capital Area Writing Project, the Young Writers Academy is a week-long enrichment program for school students interested in exploring a variety of writing genres. Instructed by National Writing Project Fellows, the academy is open to students in grades 4 to 12. Each participant will receive a writing journal and one of Korman's books.

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Basic Information

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. By 2008, CAWP will take a leadership role in the teaching of writing among school communities by strengthening and supporting literacy across the curriculum.

Phone Number: 
717 948 6205


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