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The Cal State Northridge Writing Project

"I started writing because of a terrible feeling of powerlessness: I felt I was drifting and obscure, and I rebelled against that. I didn’t see what I could do to change my condition. I wanted to control rather that be controlled, to ordain rather than be ordained, and to relegate rather than be relegated. "

- Anita Brookner


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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

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As Anita Brookner suggests, learning to write well is empowering! To be sure, many popular authors make a great deal of money with their writing (think of J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series). Evidently her writing has made her richer than the Queen of England! But writing--really--isn't about money. It's about learning who you are, exploring your ideas, finding what is deeply important to you. It's about finding ways to shape your own destiny. And what is more important than that?

Fall 2012: SAT Power Writing Saturday, September 22, 2012 from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm. This one day workshop is designed to provide you with tips to help you do your very best on the SAT Essay.

Fall 2012: Writing the College Personal Statement Saturday, September 22, 2012 from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm. You will leave this one day workshop with a information about effection personal statements and a solid beginning on yours!

Spring 2013: Writing on Demand Workshop. The Cal State Northridge Writing Project is offering a two session workshop for students in grades 10, 11, and 12 to help you gain the skills you need to do well on timed essays such as the CAHSEE, the ACT, , the SAT, the CSU's English Placement Test, and the UC's Analytical Writing Placement Examination.

Does your teacher know about the California Writing Awards? As an Affiliate of the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, The California Writing Project is the state sponsor of the 2011 Scholastic Writing Awards Contest. Download the contest information here as well as information about formatting your entries, and entry fee waiver information. Enter yourself, and share the details with your teachers.

Poetry Out Loud is another contest for students that awards prizes totalling more than $100,000 at the state and national levels each year. Download a brochure here.

Develop the habit of checking this page. Our plan is to add helpful tips about writing well and dealing with the kinds of Academic Writing you experience in school and on tests. In addition, we will let you know about new books you might not have heard about yet. For example, have you read Chasing the Jaguar by Michele Dominguez Greene? It's a fast-paced mystery story set here in Los Angeles. And yes, the author IS the Emmy-nominated actress who has starred in the NBC series L.A. Law and numerous television movies and independent films! Learn more here.

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