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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 
Nancy Pace-Skinner, SMWP Co-Director 

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A Morning with Author and Storyteller Shelley Moore Thomas

Parking will be provided: look for San Marcos Writing Project signs across from McMahon House. Seating is limited.

  • Date: Saturday, February 1, 2020
  • Time: 8:30am-11:30am
  • Location: McMahon House at Cal State San Marcos

More details and RSVP:  A Morning with Shelley Moore Thomas Registration

Young Writers' Camps



Summer Institute

Invitational Summer Institute 

This institute will focus on reading and writing strategies that foster the success of English learners and all learners in K-12 classrooms. Teachers will attend a five-week (four days a week) intensive institute and two half-day follow-up meetings on Saturdays during the following academic year.

  • Date: June 15 to July 14, 2020
  • Time: Monday through Thursday 8:30am-4:00pm
  • Location: CSUSM

More details and RSVP:  Invitational Summer Institute 2020 at CSUSM Flyer and Registration

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