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Welcome to the Upstate Writing Project

The Upstate Writing Project (UWP) is an official National Writing Project site. It is supported by financial and professional resources of Clemson University and local school districts. In keeping with the National Writing Project model, UWP has the following primary goals:

  • To improve students’ writing abilities by improving the teaching and learning of writing in the nation’s schools,
  • Provide professional development programs for classroom teachers,
  • Expand the professional roles of teachers.

The National Writing Project (NWP) is a nationwide professional development program for teachers, begun in 1974 at the University of California, Berkeley. The primary goal of the project is to improve student writing achievement by improving the teaching of writing in the nation's schools. The NWP receives federal funding which it currently grants to nearly 200 local sites in 50 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Collectively, these sites serve approximately 100,000 teachers every year, in all grades, in all disciplines. The NWP model is based on the belief that teachers are the key to education reform, teachers make the best teachers of other teachers, and teachers benefit from studying and conducting research.

Video game writing, creative writing camps held for Upstate students

Clemson’s Upstate Writing Project earns new grant funding

Clemson University’s Upstate Writing Project has been selected to receive a $20,000 grant from the National Writing Project for 2016 - 2017. The Advanced Institute to Scale Up NWP’s College-Ready Writers Program grant will take experienced middle and high school Writing Project teacher-leaders through an Advanced Institute to take place during the summer of 2016 and continue during the 2016 - 2017 school year. This Advanced Institute will continue and expand the work begun in South Carolina with the College-Ready Writers Program, funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Investing in Innovation competitive grant program. Read more. 

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