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The San Diego Area Writing Project (SDAWP) at UC San Diego is dedicated to the improvement of student learning through the effective teaching of writing. The SDAWP believes that writing is critical to learning and a vital tool for communication and should occur regularly in all classes and across the curriculum.

The SDAWP recognizes that writing is a catalyst for the broad expression of ideas and opinions. We consider written expression by participants in our programs to be an opportunity for further dialogue and discussion.

Program Highlights

National Day on Writing

October 20, 2016

What Is the National Day on Writing?

Every October 20, the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) celebrates the importance, joy, and evolution of writing through a tweetup, using the hashtag #WhyIWrite and events hosted by thousands of educators across the country.
Join NCTE, the National Writing Project, The New York Times Learning Network, and The Teaching Channel in celebrating writing and thinking about why you do it.


America’s Youth Speak On Issues That Matter Most to Them in 2016

And use the hashtag #2NEXTPREZ

Letters to the Next President 2.0 (L2P 2.0) is an initiative that empowers young people (13-18) as they research, write, and make media to voice their opinions and ideas on  issues that matter to them in the coming election. It is a project built by teachers and for teachers and students that engages a range of partners interested in supporting youth civic participation. We invite all youth and their teachers and mentors to participate.

This is an opportunity for young people, most of whom are not old enough to vote, to share their views and their voice with a broad audience with the future president in mind. This isn’t about partisan politics or a specific person running for president but about issues that matter to our young people.

There are also resources that can be used in the elementary classroom for students under the age of 13.

Letters to the Next President 2.0 would be a great writing event to host as part of the National Day on Writing

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SDAWP Voices

A place for conversations about writing, teaching and leadership

Vist our blog and contribute to the conversation. Join the 113 Mentor Texts Challenge, share what your students are writing about, glean new information about digital media and tech in the classroom, or join the conversation about the CA Common Core State Standards.

The SDAWP is one of the California Subject Matter Projects, a professional development community for teachers.

News & Updates

Educator Innnovator

Educator Innovator
Educator Innovator provides an online “meet up” for educators who are re-imagining learning. Educator Innovator is both a blog and a growing community of educators, partners, and supporters.


NWP Digital Is
NWP Digital Is website is a collection of ideas, reflections and stories about what it means to teach writing in our digital, interconnected world.

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