For over 30 years, the National Writing Project (NWP) has championed a “teachers teaching teachers” model of professional development learning communities. During Summer Institutes (SI) at more than 200 universities in every state of the nation, teachers reshape their own identities as writers by demonstrating and interrogating best practices in approaches to writing and teaching writing. Participants engage in writing groups, identify questions they have related to teaching writing, and emerge in reading that expands their understanding of their students, contexts, and pedagogies.
Summer 2022 Events
This summer, Red Cedar Writing Project is excited to partner with Capital Area District Libraries to offer a variety of programs. With support of the National Writing Project’s (NWP) Building a More Perfect Union NEH grant, programming includes several family-oriented workshops, youth pop-up camps, and author talks.
- June 24, 3:00 PM -5:00 PM , Finding Stories in the Ocean, CADL South Lansing (Age 6+)
- June 25, 11:00 AM -12:30 PM, Connecting Communities through Story: An Oral History Workshop, CADL Downtown (All ages)
- July 1, 3:00 PM -5:00 PM, Finding Stories in the Ocean, CADL Downtown Lansing (Age 6+)
- July 15, 3:00 PM -5:00 PM, Finding Stories in the Ocean, CADL Foster (Age 6+)
- July 23, 10:00 AM- 3:00 PM, Seeing Our Communities in Picture and Prose: A PhotoVoice Workshop, CADL Downtown (All ages)
- August 9, 6:30 PM-8:30 PM, Pamela Cameron’s Author Talk, CADL Downtown Lansing Auditorium
- August 8-11, 1:30-4:00 PM, Our Words Have the Power to Save the Water, CADL South Lansing (Ages 8-12, weeklong camp)
- August 18th, 6:00-7:30 PM, Dear Editor, Dear Representative: A Civic Letter Writing Workshop, CADL South Lansing
Red Cedar Writing Project
Red Cedar Writing Project (RCWP) issite of the The cornerstone of the project is a four-week Summer Institute (SI) in which teachers focus on becoming more effective writers, teachers of writing, and teacher leaders. At the conclusion of the Summer Institute, teachers earn the internationally recognized credential, National Writing Project Teacher-Consultant (TC).
Each year, in addition to the Summer Institute, RCWP offers open institutes for teachers who are not connected with the network, as well as a multitude of summer youth programs and professional development opportunities for school districts.
Red Cedar Writing Project TCs act as leaders in our site’s work through opportunities to develop in-service for their own schools and other districts, as well as state and national organizations. RCWP teachers also join one another in a variety of continuity events designed to sustain them as writers, researchers, leaders, and teachers of writing.
The National Writing Project (NWP)
UPDATE FROM RCWP REGARDING SUMMER 2022:
At Red Cedar Writing Project, as well as Michigan State University, we are concerned first and foremost with the health, safety and well-being of our students and staff. That being said, we are working with the university and community to hold both Greenrock Writers Retreat and Spartan Writing Camps in person for Summer 2022.
Registration Now Closed for Open Summer Institute
Our next Invitational Summer Institute will take place in 2023.
Updated Spring and Summer NWP Online Courses
The National Writing Project has announced a selection of spring and summer courses for teachers to further their professional development. Such courses include “Teaching Argument with Mentor Texts,” “Teaching Routine Argument Writing,” “Crafting Argument Claims,” and more. The full list of courses and more information can be found on the NWP’s website.