Cal State Northridge Writing Project

  • Writing Project

Cal State Northridge Writing Project

Welcome to the Cal State Northridge Writing Project

Student writing at desk

We are an affiliate of the National Writing Project and one of sixteen sites of the California Writing Project, part of the California Subject Matter Project. In a recent letter to LEAs, Tom Torlakson wrote, "Another valuable partner is the California Subject Matter Project (CSMP). With more than 90 regional sites statewide, the CSMP is a network of nine discipline-based communities of practice that promote high-quality teaching and leadership. The CSMP sites operate on the fundamental belief that rigorous professional learning, designed collaboratively by kindergarten through grade twelve and university educators, enhances learning for all students. More importantly, the CSMPs advance a “teachers teaching teachers” principle that is central to its sustainability. See the CSMP Web site at for more.”

Teacher Leaders from the Cal State Northridge Writing Project work with teachers, schools, and local districts to improve student writing and learning. Download a copy of our brochure for an overview of the Cal State Northridge Writing Project and our programs, and share it with colleagues. Contact us at  to discuss how we might develop targeted professional learning to benefit YOUR teachers.

Bring a writer to your classroom--FREE!


The Practical Side of English Language Development. A Workshop for Educators, K-University, on Saturday, October 13, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the Michael D. Eisner College of Education, room 3117. Download flyer here. Registration coming soon.

The 2018 Write to Literacy Conference. Choose from fifteen breakout sessions presented by Writing Project Teacher Leaders that focus on K-University literacy and ELD instruction in the morning followed by keynote speaker and author Jennifer Fletcher after lunch. Additional information and registration HERE.

The Expository Reading and Writing Course (ERWC) for Grades 7 and 8. Wednesdays, October 3rd, October 10th, and November 7th from 8:30 (breakfast and registration) until 3. Includes all materials including binder with 7th and 8th grade modules and access to the ERWC Community website, Continental breakfast, and lunch. Additional information and registration HERE.

Improving Students' Analytical Writing (ISAW). Demystifying Analytical Writing on Saturday, October 20, 2018 and Analytical Reading and Writing on Saturday, February 9, 2019, from 9-noon. Proven successful since 1999, ISAW will help participants explore ways to support students through improved writing instruction. Sign up for one session or both sessions. Additional information and application materials HERE.

With Different Eyes: A Conference for Teachers of Diverse Learners Across the Disciplines.Saturday, November 10, 2018. The UCLA Writing Project and Center X will hold their 28th conference featuring a broad selection of workshops and keynote speaker Ramón Antonio Martínez from Stanford University. Download the flyer HERE. For online registration and more information, visit

Our work with schools and districts has included providing ISAW professional development for English teachers from the Green Dot Schools and training of the trainers sessions in disciplinary literacies and the California Common Core State Standards for the Fillmore Unified School District, Lancaster High School, and several others. We are also the area provider for the Middle School Expository Reading and Writing Course (ERWC). More information about in-service offerings HERE. Read "Improving Writing, Improving Outcomes: The Cal State Northridge Writing Project" HERE.

We are excited about the many opportunities to improve writing and the teaching of writing in our service area. Please email us if you have suggestions for our Web site, ideas about programs you would like to see come to the Cal State Northridge Writing Project, or if you would like us to add your contact information to our email list.

If you are a Teacher Consultant from another Writing Project and interested in working with us, please send us an email, giving your name, professional affiliation, and your home Writing Project.

Watch this web site for program updates.