CSUN Writing Project

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CSUN Writing Project

Welcome to the CSUN 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 https://csmp.ucop.edu/ for more information.

Teacher Consultants from the CSUN Writing Project work with teachers, schools, and local districts to improve student writing and learning.  Contact us at  to discuss how we might develop targeted professional learning to benefit YOUR teachers.


Thanks to a grant from the California Subject Matter Project, we are able to offer our Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 Pajama PD online workshops at no charge to participants. 


We are pleased to offer the opportunity to purchase one CEU for attendance at four Pajama PD online workshops during Fall 2021 and Spring 2022. Details to come.

Next up in our Fall 2021 series of online workshops is on Saturday, November 13th with two workshops, A Simple Prompt, A Universe of Insights, and Weaving Writing In and Through Science.

A Simple Prompt, A Universe of Insights, with CSUN Writing Project Teacher Consultant Wendy L. Yost, is from 9:00 to 10:15 a.m. If you were charged with creating a Board of Directors to help you run your best life, who would you include? This prompt and related inquiry activities are designed to drive home the value of student choice, pre-writing and breaking large assignments into manageable steps, all while enhancing descriptive writing skills. This workshop PD and provided extension opportunities promote the value of intergenerational mentors and offer guidance on the difference between acknowledgement and appreciation. To register for this free workshop, click here.

Weaving Writing In and Through Science, with CSUN Writing Project Teacher Consultant Gail Turner-Graham, is from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. In this session we will look at how to use professional science articles to engage students in thinking about subjects we study in class. After analyzing the article, we will play with the ideas from the article in a poem. To register for this free workshop, click here.

For information on additional Pajama PD online workshops, click here.

2022 INVITATIONAL SUMMER INSTITUTE - Details coming soon! 

Professional Development for Schools and Districts

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 CSUN Writing Project" HERE.

Get in touch

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 CSUN 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.