• Check Out the National Writing Project’s Upcoming Events & New Resources

    The Write Time with Kwame Alexander & Tyler Jones It’s a knock out: Talking about Becoming Muhammad Ali with Kwame Alexander Kwame Alexander’s newest novel Becoming Muhammad Ali, co-authored with best-selling author James Patterson, takes up the childhood of Cassius Clay in Louisville, Kentucky. Tyler Jones, a teacher-leader with the Louisville Writing Project, interviews Kwame about this knockout …

    February 16, 2021
  • Writing Together #4 with the NYCWP and Gateway Recreation Area

    Who knew, a year ago, when we in the New York City Writing Project started meeting and writing together online, that we would still be doing this? Along with many others, our morale is ebbing and stress is as high as ever. (See this report.) We also have those feelings of never doing enough and …

    February 2, 2021
  • Teaching Routine Argument Writing, an NWP Online Course

    NWP Teacher-Leaders have been hard at work designing an online course on Teaching Routine Argument Writing. Our goal is to make the most high-leverage aspects of this successful program available to more teachers both outside and inside the NWP network. In this 4-week course, which will launch on February 17th, participants will explore, with an NWP …

    January 28, 2021
  • The Civil Rights Movement: Grassroots Perspectives

    This NEH summer institute was designed by a collaborative team of scholars, veterans, and educators from Duke, the SNCC Legacy Project, and Teaching for Change. Participants (classroom teachers in grades 5-12) will learn the bottom-up history of the Civil Rights Movement and receive resources and strategies to bring it home to their students. They will …

    January 26, 2021
  • NYCWP Spring Catalog

    Spring Writers Residency This MFA-style workshop, designed for writers with works already in progress, draws participants through a series of intensive exercises, readings, and submissions of their own writing, toward a goal of improving and completing projects in various genres. Residents will be responsible for providing feedback to one another and participating in conversations about …

    December 29, 2020
  • The NYCWP’s Reading, Writing, and Teaching Program

    Pandemics on the Page While living through the Covid-19 pandemic, we can look to fiction as a way of understanding our own experiences and those of our students. In this reading and discussion group, we will examine one novel per month and discuss how writers use fictionalized pandemics to address questions about society. Writing will …

    December 14, 2020
  • Join the NYCWP’s Generative Writing Boot Camp

    Looking to start a new piece of writing or creative project? Longing to get back to the page, but finding yourself blocked? Join the NYCWP for three days of generating your own creative writing! Over this three-day “boot camp,” writers will have the opportunity to engage with a variety of prompts and participate in micro-studies …

    December 2, 2020
  • I Matter! Poetry Contest

    The I Matter! poetry contest was launched by high school student Isabella Hanson and is hosted by the National Youth Foundation as a way for students to engage with why Black Lives Matter. Students from across the country are invited to submit their poetry. The top prize is $500 and selected poems will be published …

    December 1, 2020
  • Write Together #2 with the NYCWP and Gateway Recreation Area and National Park

    In the tradition of the Writing Project, we will offer a variety of interactive prompts to support writing as well as the ever-present opportunity to let your pen take you in any direction. We will conclude our session together by asking for your input about the best ways for us to continue to write together …

    November 10, 2020
  • I Can Write the World by Joshunda Sanders

    A Reading and Discussion with the Leonard Leif Library, School of Education, and Women’s and Gender Studies A vibrant story about what makes a place home and the ties between culture and pride. – Kirkus Sanders’ first book in a children’s book series, I Can Write the World, features Ava Murray, a Black girl journalist from …

    November 10, 2020
  • What are we thankful for? Good books, food, and friends

    Rebecca Harper, director of the Augusta University Writing Project in Augusta, Georgia, has put together an impressive schedule of conversations with authors of young adult literature as part of the AU Writing Project Book Club and invites you to join. All educators are welcome, even if you haven’t read the book. Join one or more …

    November 4, 2020
  • Local Letters for Global Change: A Pulitzer Center Writing Contest

    The Pulitzer Center invites K-12 students in the U.S. and around the world to enter the 2020 Local Letters for Global Change contest! Students, make your voice heard this election season by writing a letter to your representative explaining the global issue you want them to prioritize. You could have your letter, photo, and bio …

    October 27, 2020
  • Write Together with the NYCWP and Gateway Recreational Area and National Park

    In the tradition of the Writing Project, we will offer a variety of interactive prompts to support writing as well as the ever-present opportunity to let your pen take you in any direction. We will conclude our session together by asking for your input about the best ways for us to continue to write together …

    October 20, 2020
  • NYCWP Writers’ Residency Fall 2020

    The New York City Writing Project (NYCWP) has designed the Writers’ Residency to foster the teacher-as-writer as they engage in an intensive and intimate writing workshop experience. Writers will read, write, workshop, and learn together to improve their writing craft and explore publication options. Writers of all levels are encouraged to apply. Past residency participants …

    September 23, 2020
  • Call for Submissions: Stories Out of School Contest

    The Academy for Teachers created its Stories Out of School flash fiction contest to inspire honest, unsentimental stories about teachers and the rich and complex world of schools. The winning story comes with a $1000 prize and publication in the print edition of A Public Space. Runners-up receive a subscription to A Public Space, our partner in the contest.  …

    July 28, 2020
  • Youth Voices Collaborative Writing Contest

    Know a youth who keeps a journal or loves to write?  Encourage them to share their perspective in this writing contest for young people who have had experience with the juvenile justice system. Their opinion can help the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) create better experiences for other young people who come through the system! Four winners will …

    July 28, 2020
  • The NYCWP Writers’ Residency Summer 2020

    In the style of Writers’ Residencies, the New York City Writing Project (NYCWP) has designed the Summer Writers’ Residency to foster the teacher-as-writer as they engage in an intensive and intimate writing workshop experience. Writers will read, write, workshop, and learn together to improve their writing craft and explore publication options. Writers of all levels …

    June 16, 2020
  • The NYCWP Writing Together #4 & #5

    Please join us for the NYCWP Writing Together #4 and #5! In the tradition of the Writing Project, we will offer a variety of interactive prompts to support writing as well as the ever-present opportunity to let your pen take you in any direction. We will conclude our session together by asking for your input …

    June 11, 2020
  • The NYCWP Writing Together #3

    Please join us for The NYCWP Writing Together #3! In the tradition of the Writing Project, we will offer a variety of interactive prompts to support writing as well as the ever-present opportunity to let your pen take you in any direction. We will conclude our session together by asking for your input about the …

    April 30, 2020
  • The NYCWP Writing Together #2

    Please join us for The NYCWP Writing Together #2! In the tradition of the Writing Project, we will offer a variety of interactive prompts to support writing as well as the ever-present opportunity to let your pen take you in any direction. We will conclude our session together by asking for your input about the …

    April 30, 2020
  • The NYCWP Writing Together

    In these days of crisis, we find ourselves in our separate spaces, busy with remote teaching and tending to the very real needs of our students and our families, while dealing with our own thoughts. In this time, the NYC Writing Project would like to invite you, our friends, to come together as a community. …

    April 13, 2020
  • The NYCWP is here for you!

    Dear NYCWP Community,  I’m reaching out today to let you know that the NYCWP staff and teacher consultants are thinking of all of you. We know that now more than ever we need one another to navigate these very challenging days.  To meet the many needs of our community and to support those seeking community …

    March 31, 2020
  • May 29, 2020: Teens Take the MET!

    The New York City Writing Project is teaming up again with the Metropolitan Art Museum for Teens Take the Met on Friday, May 29, 2020, 5:00 – 8:00pm. Grab your friends and take over The Met for the night. Drop in for teen-only activities across the Museum including art making, performances, music, and more. Free …

    February 28, 2019
  • Writing into Summer – Teen Writing Camp 2020

    Spend two weeks at Lehman College this summer with the NYCWP’s Teen Summer Writing Camp! Unlock your creativity and originality by writing in different genres and in different spaces. The camp is based on the campus of Lehman College, a 4-year CUNY school, and includes field trips to Borough of Manhattan Community College (a 2-year …

    February 4, 2020
  • For Schools

    School Programs and Initiatives…….. The New York City Writing Project’s model of professional development is based on three mutually-reinforcing components, all of which are designed to support teachers and school/network leaders to expand and strengthen their capacities to implement effective literacy education in classrooms and schools throughout New York City.  These components are: 1) on-site …

    July 22, 2014