Indiana Writing Project
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306
THE INDIANA WRITING PROJECT is an organization committed to promoting the best possible writing instruction in Indiana's elementary, secondary, and post-secondary schools. The Project is administered through Ball State University's English Department and funded through the generous support of Ball State and the National Writing Project. The Project has been recognized by the Indiana state legislature for our work in helping teachers improve student performance in writing.
The Indiana Writing Project, founded on March 6, 1986, was Indiana's first affiliate of the National Writing Project. Currently there are six National Writing Project affiliates in Indiana, forming the Indiana Network. The Indiana Writing Project shares the 50-state National Writing Project program model: teachers teaching teachers is the most powerful form of professional development.
In 2013, the IWP offered its 28th Invitational Summer Institute, drawing teachers of writing from across the state.
Teachers at any level who have at least three years of teaching experience can apply to attend the project's Summer Institute. The institute is held at Ball State each summer for four or five weeks. Participants write, research topics in the teaching of writing, and present to each other successful, practical teaching techniques. Participants may choose to work with Comp Camp. Participants earn six hours of graduate credit and return to their classrooms energized and able to offer a wider repertoire of writing experiences for their students.
Participants (or fellows) can then become teacher consultants able to give workshops and inservices on a variety of topics. These workshops bring the benefits of the writing project to other teachers across the state.
"No matter what, have them write every day"
- Katie Wood Ray