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The Cal State Northridge Writing Project

"My notion of a failed writing workshop is when everybody comes out replicating the teacher and imitating as closely as possible the great original at the head of the table. I think that's a mistake, in obvious opposition to the ideal of teaching which permits a student to be someone other than the teacher. ... The successful teacher has to make each of the students a different product rather than the same. "

-Nicholas Delbanco


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Cal State Northridge Writing Project
Kathleen D. Rowlands, Director
Michael D. Eisner College of Education
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330-8265

Writing Project Staff Directory

Kathleen RowlandsKathleen Dudden Rowlands Ph.D., Director and Primary Investigator: A Professor in the Department of Secondary Education at California State University, Northridge, Kathleen was a classroom teacher (grades 7-12) for 20 years. She has a doctorate in Composition from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and is the author of Opening Texts: Using Writing to Teach Literature (Heinemann 1990 published under her former last name "Andrasick") as well as a number of articles. She has more than 15 years of experience as Co-director of the Hawai`i Writing Project, and as Director or Co-director of fifteen summer institutes in Hawai`i (Honolulu and Maui), Houston, and American Samoa. She is closely affiliated with the Expository Reading and Writing Course for which she has led a number of training sessions (ERWC) throughout the greater Los Angeles area.

Matthew Brown M.A., Co-Director: Matthew has his M.A. in Secondary Education, (English Focus) from CSUN. He has taught grades 7-12 grades over the past 14 years and is now the English Department Chair and Academic Dean at Santa Clarita Christian School. He is Teacher Consultant with the South Coast Writing Project at UCSB and works closely with the California Writing Project on the ISAW (Improving Student Academic Writing) program. He directs the Young Writer's Camp and the ISAW workshops for the Cal State Northridge Writing Project. Matthew has published articles in English Journal and in California English.

Pam Holguin-BrownPamela Holguin-Brown, M.A., Co-Director

Jenn WolfeJenn Wolfe, M.A., Co-Director: Jenn has her M.A. in Secondary English Education from Cal State Northridge and is currently working on her Doctorate in Educational Leadership (Teacher Education in Multicultural Societies) from the University of Southern California. Jenn teaches high school English at Valley Academy of Arts and Sciences and is a former middle school English teacher and Literacy Coach.

PennayAnthony Pennay M.A., Technology Liaison: Tony Pennay is the Program Manager for the Walter and Leonore Annenberg Presidential Learning Center at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. Focusing on civic engagement, the Center hosts programming for students and teachers, holds professional development workshops, partners with civics and education focused organizations, and creates curriculum with an emphasis on using writing to promote and develop informed and active citizens. Tony got his start in education when he was selected to join the Teach for America program after graduating from Claremont McKenna College with a degree in Literature and Film Studies. After two years in the classroom, he returned to school and earned his Master’s Degree in English from the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa. A classroom teacher for ten years, Tony taught middle school Language Arts and Social Studies in public, private, and charter schools. In addition to his classroom duties, Tony served as Director of Curriculum Projects at Sinai Akiba Academy. He has published many short stories, articles, and book reviews, and his article “Techno-Literacy: A Boon for Writing Instruction in the Classroom” appeared in the September 2009 issue of California English.

Check out the California Writing Project's Teacher Leaders of the Month, including our site Teacher Leaders:

October-Matt Brown (English)

November-Erin Cuenca (math)

December-Pamela Holguin Brown (1st grade)

January-Tony Pennay (social sciences, English, and the Reagan Presidential Learning Center)

February-Jenn Wolfe (English)

March-Robin Lilly (English and philosophy)

April-Malaika Evans (English)

May-Janin Jones-Spoor (English and history)