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San Marcos Writing Project

San Marcos Writing Project

The San Marcos Writing Project (SMWP) is one of 190 sites of the National Writing Project (17 in California), which is a professional development network of teachers whose goal is to improve student-writing achievement by improving the teaching and learning of writing in the nation's schools.

The writing project is a resource for teachers and school districts. During the school year, writing project teachers can also provide professional development workshops for other teachers in their schools and communities. We host Open Institutes around relevant topics for two weeks in the summer or two to three day workshops during the school year. We also host Young Writer's Camps for two weeks in the summer at school sites around North San Diego County for students in grades two through eight.

Contact Information:

Laurie Stowell
SMWP Director

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In our Summer Institute, we will:

  • write, share our writing, and develop confidence in our own writing.
  • learn research based reading and writing strategies that can improve the academic achievement of native English speaking students and non Native English speakers .
  • read and have conversations about current research, policy and assessment.
  • build content-based curriculum based on the CA ELA/ELD standards
  • learn to use and integrate digital tools that support reading and writing.
  • share and learn approaches for teaching writing and critical literacy across disciplines.
  • develop our leadership skills.

Summer Institute Dates: June 18 - July 19, 2018 Monday - Friday, 8:30 - 4:00 pm More details and to apply: Flier and Registration Form Deadline to apply:May 12, 2018


College Ready Writers Institute

The San Marcos Writing Project is pleased to offer five sessions to collaborate and align the skills, knowledge and ability students need in writing to meet California ELA and ELD State standards and to make a successful transition from high school to higher education and to the world of work. High school teachers and college faculty will meet and discuss the topic of the day.


  • Saturday, December 9, 2017 - What does college-ready writing mean?
  • Saturday, February 3, 2018 - Writing Across the Disciplines 
  • Saturday, April 28, 2018 - Developing Effective Prompts and Assignments and ProvideEffective Feedback
  • Saturday, June 2, 2018 - College Research Ready 

Times for all workshops:

  • 9:30 - 9:00 am - Check-in, Breakfast and Registration
  • 9:00 - 3:00 pm - Workshop 

More details and to apply:

Flier and Registration Form

Space is limited - please register soon! 


Holocaust Educators Network Summer Seminar


The Holocaust and Cultural Identity in the Classroom

  • Date: June 25 - June 29, 2018
  • Location: San Diego, CA

Learn More about the Holocaust and Cultural Identity in the Classroom


The San Marcos Writing Project is pleased to offer a 3 day institue for 6-12 teachers about effective argument writing. College Ready Writers Institute

  • Dates: June 25-27, 2018 from 8:30-3:30pm
  • Location: Cal State San Marcos
  • Questions? Email

Learn more about the College Ready Writers Institute

Young Writers' Camp

Elementary, Teen, and High School 
2018 TBA