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, 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.

Thu, 04/01/2010

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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