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.



The CSUN Writing Project invites new teachers (pre-service or those with three or fewer years of teaching), K-university, in any discipline, to join our New Teachers' Writing Collaborative to be held June 27-30, July 5-8, 2022. Participants will earn a $400 stipend.

Through research-based inquiry, participants will develop a deeper understanding of disciplinary literacies. This institute will focus on Freedom Writing, writing as liberation for teachers and students. We will discuss the overlap between reading and writing instruction, focusing particularly on how to integrate writing instruction into unit design.

Not only will we examine writing pedagogies, we will write and take part in writing groups. We believe that the best teachers of writing are those who write and who know the experience of how writing can support social emotional learning as well as academic success.

For more information, click here for the flyer, and you can access the digital application here. The application deadline is May 20th. We will be limiting the group to 12 participants, so please be sure to apply early.

We look forward to hearing from you!


Check back for our Fall 2022 lineup of Pajama PD workshops.  Some past favorites include:

Picture Book-Driven Inquiry: Reframing Research Investigation
It's All in the Details: Adding Pizzazz to Your Prose
Magic Moments: Using Music to Write
Decoding Description and Analysis

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.