National Writing Project

Getting Oriented to the Annual Meeting


Welcome to the National Writing Project Annual Meeting! Whether this will be your first Annual Meeting or you’ve attended before, we hope you will find what you are looking for as you participate in workshops, sessions, socials, and opportunities for informal networking with colleagues from around the country.

All are welcome at the meeting, which draws approximately 1,000 participants from more than 200 local Writing Project sites, representing all 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and associated international sites.

Even though participants attend the Annual Meeting for a variety of purposes, most say it is an opportunity to build site leadership, connect with each other, and get a bigger picture of the NWP network.

About the Annual Meeting

The NWP Annual Meeting is held yearly in conjunction with NCTE’s Annual Convention and is always the week before Thanksgiving. The annual change of locale provides an opportunity for local sites to serve as host for the Annual Meeting when it is held in their city.

NWP provides regular and frequent information about the Annual Meeting online beginning in July of each year, so you can make lodging plans and begin planning travel as early as possible. Workshop registration opens in early September and additional information about the meeting is posted throughout the fall.

The NWP Annual Meeting is more like a large working meeting than a conference. This is the one time each year that all representatives from all NWP sites come together in one large gathering of the community that is the National Writing Project.

There is no registration fee for the NWP Annual Meeting. We encourage everyone to register for and attend sessions at the NCTE Annual Convention too.

Making the Most of the Annual Meeting

To see how other sites have approached the Annual Meeting and to begin planning your Annual Meeting, see

Annual Meeting Survey

Be sure to take time to fill in the Annual Meeting online survey after the meeting is over. The Annual Meeting Program planners use this survey to look at how the Annual Meeting is serving the needs of local sites.

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