For 35 years, the Greater New Orleans Writing Project at the University of New Orleans has been a site of the National Writing Project, an organization dedicated to improving writing and the teaching of writing throughout the Greater New Orleans area and the nation. We achieve our goals through teacher collaboration, inquiry into best practices, and support of teacher-writers and student-writers in New Orleans area classrooms.
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June 8-June 26, 2015
8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
University of New Orleans Lakefront Campus

37th Invitational Summer Institute: Focus on Teaching Writing to Improve Student Achievement


The Summer Institute model of teachers-teaching-teachers is a unique professional development opportunity for new and veteran classroom teachers in New Orleans and southeastern Louisiana.

Every summer, educators attend the GNOWP Invitational Summer Institute (ISI) to examine their practice and analyze research and theory related to the teaching of writing and its role in student learning. They do so in a unique collaborative community and under the guidance of National Writing Project Teacher Consultants. After the ISI, teachers return to their classrooms as GNOWP teacher leaders: models of effective disciplinary literacy instruction for their schools and districts. Perhaps as importantly, teachers return to their schools reinvigorated.

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WriteFest 2015

Sarah DeBacher | May 6, 2015

As the school year draws to a close, we still can’t shake our excitement about WriteFest 2015. On Saturday, April 18, teachers from across New Orleans and around the country gathered at the University of New Orleans for a day of sharing pedagogy, writing, and above all, feeling pride in what we do. WriteFest is Read More


When I Was Your Age

Sarah DeBacher | April 15, 2015

“There’s school, and then there’s life. At least that’s how we used to think about it when we were students. We’d run into one of our teachers at the grocery store and be all, ‘WHAT?! You don’t LIVE at the school?’ Once, Sarah and her mom bumped into one of her English teachers out walking Read More

Our First Write@UNO Workshop!

Sarah DeBacher | October 21, 2014

Our first Write@UNO workshop of the year was a huge success! We hosted fifteen young writers from schools around New Orleans for a day of tutoring and craft classes. Andy Young hosted our poetry class, in which students were asked to write praise poems in the style of Kevin Young’s “Ode to the Hotel Near Read More

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How have you refueled during your summer "off" (bwahaha)?

Get Up Offa That Thing (Summer-Shaming)


July is the month that teachers get to be teachers without students. I've now been to five cities over the course of the last month, and saw...

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"NCTE's Conference on English Education, in conjunction with the National Writing Project, offers this grant to support teacher research projects that further the spirit and scholarship of James Moffett. Moffett, a great champion of the voices of K-12 teachers, focused on such ideas as the necessity of student-centered curricula, writing across the curriculum, alternatives to standardized testing, and spiritual growth in education and life.
Application deadline: September 15"

CEE James Moffett Award


The Conference on English Education (CEE), in conjunction with the National Writing Project (NWP), offers this grant to support english language arts (ELA) teacher research projects inspired by the scholarship of James Moffett and displyaing an expli

Jul 31st 9:45pm • No Comments


Key & Peele Imagines What It’d Be Like if We Obsessed Over Teachers the...


By now, the lament for the way in which our culture privileges athletics over education is an old, common sentiment—but Key & Peele has breathed...

Jul 31st 9:37pm • No Comments

Some advice for (hibernating) writers who teach writing..,

Write On: Short, Easy Ways to Nurture Your Writing Habit


I'm going to point out a nasty, embarrassing truth here: most teachers of writing are not themselves writers. That's not to imply that all writing...

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