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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.

2023 New Teacher Writing Institute

Dates, Application & Deadline

You Matter: Rejuvenating Teachers with Writing in Mind

  • Date: January 21, 2023
  • Time: 9:00 AM -12:00 PM

The workshop leaders will provide social emotional learning opportunities for both teachers and students using literature and writing. Workshop led by San Marcos Writing Project teacher leaders, Nora Guseman, Terri Lucero and Gina Melanson  

Questions? Email Laurie Stowell:  or call 760.750-4286

 Resources for Educators during School Closings due to COVID-19

Upcoming Events

A Symposium on Artificial Intelligence in the English Classroom 

Date: 08/05/2023 

Time: 9am -12pm

Location: CSUSM Campus (Room 444) 

Register Here 

Contact Us

Laurie Stowell, SMWP Director

Nancy Pace-Skinner, SMWP Co-Director


Invitational Summer Institute

The San Marcos Writing Project (SMWP) provides opportunities in professional development for K-12 teacher practitioners in all disciplines, administrators, and curriculum specialists. The SMWP is a National Writing Project site dedicated to the improvement of student learning through the effective teaching of writing in culturally and linguistically diverse classrooms. Our aim is for fellows to come away from the Institute with a renewed sense of excitement about and commitment to teaching, writing and the teaching of writing. This institute will focus on effective reading and writing strategies in face to face and online classrooms

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Fall and Winter Virtual Workshops

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Teen Writers' Camp

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Young Writers' Camp

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New Teacher Writing Institute

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SMWP In the News


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