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The Los Angeles Writing Project at Cal State LA is affiliated with the National Writing Project and the California Writing Project and is housed in the Charter College of Education on the Cal State LA campus. The project is run by directors, Dr. Robert Land and Dr. Carolyn Frank who are both professors within the CSULA Education Department. We have been in operation since 1999 and have over 250 Teacher Consultants as participants in our project.

Our Writing Project has four major goals. The first, to improve student writing and learning in K-College classrooms in our urban region. The second is to extend the uses of writing in other disciplines aside from English/Language Arts including mathematics, science, the social sciences, and the arts. Our third goal is to continue providing an effective professional development model, that of teachers teaching other teachers, for elementary and secondary schools in our region. Our fourth goal is to identify, celebrate, and enhance the professional role of successful classroom teachers in the Los Angeles area.

To implement our goals, we provide an intensive 4-week Summer Institute for exemplary teachers of writing, Fall and Spring Renewals for our Fellows, Inservice Workshops to elementary and secondary schools in our region, Saturday Seminars on Writing Instruction at Cal State LA, Coaching Sessions with Writing Workshop teachers, a Young Writers' Camp for the summer, Summer Creative Writing courses and Teacher Research Committees.


New 2014 Application available now!

How do I apply?

Applications for the Summer Institute are available in February of each year. If you would like to request an application by mail or you have any questions regarding the application process, please  contact us 

How do I qualify?

  • have taught for three years or more in any school system

  • are willing to commit for the entirety of the Institute and have a writing strategy to share

  • would like to meet others like yourself who are interested and committed to improving the writing and reading skills of your students


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