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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.

Upcoming Events & Workshops:

 

Contact Us

Laurie Stowell, SMWP Director
lstowell@csusm.edu

Nancy Pace-Skinner, SMWP Co-Director
mspsret@gmail.com

 
 

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 16, 2020
  • Time: Monday through Thursday 8:30am-4:00pm
  • Location: CSUSM

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

 

Advanced Institute 

This summer we will focus on problems of practice with a goal of developing strategies and resources that could be shared with our writing project fellows and teachers around San Diego County and Southwest Riverside.  Our aim is for fellows to renew their excitement about and commitment to teaching, writing and teacher leadership.  

  • Date: July 20 to July 22, 2020
  • Time: 8:30am-4:00pm
  • Location: CSUSM, University Hall 444

More details and RSVP:  Advanced Institute 2020 at CSUSM Flyer and Registration

 

Young Writers' Camps

Young Writers' Camp 

Learning Literacy Through the Arts Focus: The San Marcos Writing project invites students entering 1st through 6th grade to participate in a workshop led by Writing Project teachers. Registration fees include a notebook, writing materials and all supplies necessary for the workshop. Please join our Writing Camp that will emphasize on Learning Literacy Through the Arts.

  • Date: July 27 to July 31, 2020
  • Time: Monday through Friday 9:00am-12:00pm
  • Location: Highland Ranch Elementary

More details:  Young Writers' Camp Flyer
Registration:  Young Writers' Camp Registration


Teen Writers' Camp 

Creative and/ or academic writing for students entering grades 6-10. 

  • Date: July 27 to July 31, 2020
  • Time: Monday through Friday 8:30am-1:30pm
  • Location: Oak Valley Middle School

More details:  Teen Writers' Camp Flyer
Registration:  Teen Writers' Camp Registration

 

SMWP 20th Anniversary Celebration


Celebrate 20 Years of our work together with speaker Jayne Marlink 

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

  • Date: Wednesday, June 24, 2020
  • Time: 12:00pm-3:00pm
  • Location: McMahon House at Cal State San Marcos

More details and RSVP:  SMWP 20th Anniversary Celebration Registration

Workshops

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

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