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The BAY AREA WRITING PROJECT (BAWP), based at the University of California, Berkeley, is an organization of, by, and for teachers of writing at all grade levels and in all disciplines, dedicated to improving the teaching and uses of writing through a variety of programs–both on the university campus and in the schools of the Bay Area.

BAWP is a collaborative program between University of California, Berkeley and Bay Area schools. Since 1974, BAWP has been a vital resource for teachers and schools in the Bay Area, not only in the teaching of writing but also as a model of professional development, teacher leadership and reform. Firmly rooted in the belief that teachers are the best teachers of teachers, BAWP offers workshops for teachers, taught by teachers, throughout the school year and each summer, serving hundreds of teachers and their students each year.

During its 40 years, BAWP has expanded to offer workshops for young writers in grades 4-9, for pre-service teachers, for teachers as writers and for after school program leaders. As a teacher-led organization, BAWP continues to respond to the needs of teachers in the Bay Area and the needs of their students.

The BAY AREA WRITING PROJECT is proud to be the founding site of the National Writing Project, a network of close to 200 sites nationwide. Through its mission, the National Writing Project (NWP) focuses the knowledge, expertise, and leadership of our nation’s educators on sustained efforts to improve writing and learning. Writing in its many forms is the signature means of communication in the 21st century. The NWP envisions a future where every person is an accomplished writer, engaged learner, and active participant in a digital, interconnected world. Located on nearly 200 university and college campuses, NWP works in partnership with K-12 schools, libraries, museums, after-school programs, and local Writing Project sites to provide high-quality, sustained professional development for 100,000 teachers a year. Through its many successful programs and partnerships, the organization reaches 1.4 million Pre-K through college-age students in over 3,000 schools districts annually.

For general information about BAWP, our summer Young Writer’s Camps, summer programs for teachers, professional development workshops or coaching at your school site or district, contact us at:

Bay Area Writing Project
University of California Berkeley
Graduate School of Education

2121 Berkeley Way
Office 4418
Berkeley, CA 94720-1670
Phone: 510-642-0971
Email: bawp@berkeley.edu

We are a member of the California Subject Matter Project network and the founding site of the National Writing Project.

For more information about the Bay Area Writing Project and its activities, please contact us at bawp@berkeley.edu or 510-642-0971.