CSUN Writing Project
elcome to the CSUN Writing Project
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.”
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.
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CSUN WP Pajama PD Series for 2021
Next up in our series of free workshops is "That man over there": Audience Analysis in Persuasive Writing on Saturday, May 8, 2021 from 9:30 am to 10:45 am, presented by CSUN Writing Project Teacher Consultant Reena Shah. This pre-writing activity aims to analyze a mentor text to emphasize that effective persuasion is dependent upon attention to the audience throughout the writing process. This will prepare students to write a short speech to their audience. Space is limited! To register, click here.
Also coming up on May 8, from 10:45 am to 12:00 pm, is the free workshop Playing with Tone, with CSUN Writing Project Teacher Consultant Sarah Ford. Tone is typically one of the most difficult literary devices for students to identify, define, and describe. Playing with tone is a great way for students to develop skill in recognizing and identifying different tones, as well as establishing appropriate tone in their own work. Space is limited! To register, click here.
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.