National Writing Project


2005 NWP Annual Meeting

November 17–19, 2005

Omni William Penn Hotel
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

2005 NWP Annual Meeting Highlights

Relive the 2005 meeting with photographs, copies of speeches, and selected responses to the General Session prompt, "Write about the moment you realized you were a writer."

Something wonderful is bound to happen when close to 1,000 writing project teachers and site leaders come together in one spot to share what they know and enjoy the company of their colleagues. Don't miss the 2005 NWP Annual Meeting, November 17–19, in Pittsburgh.

Held in conjunction with the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Annual Convention, which takes place at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, the NWP Annual Meeting includes interactive workshop sessions, roundtable discussions, and demonstrations of successful practice, all conducted by writing project directors, site leaders, and teacher-consultants. Receptions, event reunions, and other social events are also being planned. For more information, see the meeting schedule.

Return to this page through November for regular updates about the 2005 annual meeting.

Location and Lodging Information

The main hub for NWP events will be the Omni William Penn Hotel, a historic landmark in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh, but some sessions will also take place at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. The Omni William Penn's conference rates are $147 for a single and $167 for a double, but there are additional hotels available through NCTE for as low as $89 for a single and $99 for a double. Online hotel reservations for the Omni William Penn and other hotels are now available at the NCTE website.

Meeting Overview

Thursday, November 17: Site Development and Technology Liaison Workshops
Morning and afternoon rounds of in-depth site development workshops focus on the core work of writing project sites, in addition to special workshops for NWP technology liaisons. Participants are also invited to a Thursday evening reception hosted by the NWP English Language Learners Network. Please note: Site development workshops take place at the David Lawrence Convention Center and tech liaison workshops take place at the Omni William Penn Hotel. See our suggested walking directions and map.

Registration Update: Although online pre-registration for Thursday workshops is now closed, there may be limited availability in some sessions on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are not registered and would like to attend a Thursday workshop, please go to either the technology liaison workshop check-in on the Conference Level of the Omni William Penn Hotel or the site development workshop check-in outside Room 305 on the 3rd floor of the David L. Lawrence Convention Center before the workshop begins.

Friday, November 18: General Session and Workshop Rounds
Friday is the official start of the NWP Annual Meeting, with a general session in the morning and three rounds of sessions in the afternoon. An early evening celebratory reception is a great opportunity to relax and network with writing project colleagues from across the country.

Friday's events do not require registration and are open to all.

Pay tribute to Jim Gray
We will be remembering NWP founder Jim Gray, who recently passed away, at the annual meeting. Please stop by Parlor E on the 17th floor of the William Omni Penn Hotel any time between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Friday, November 18, to gather with colleagues and share your memories of Jim.

Saturday, November 19: Leadership Meetings, Writing Strand at NCTE
Saturday is set aside for NWP program and network leadership team meetings. Concurrently, a special all-day strand of writing workshops will be conducted at the NCTE convention by writing project teacher-leaders. The workshops will be held in the David Lawrence Convention Center in room 415 on the fourth floor. Participants are also invited to a Saturday breakfast hosted by the NWP Rural Sites Network.

NWP Central
The National Writing Project welcomes all annual meeting participants to visit NWP Central on the 17th floor of the Omni William Penn on Thursday and Friday. Sign the guest book and post a dot on the map for your site. Pick up a meeting packet and nametag. At NWP Central you can also collect national program information, browse books, buy NWP T-shirts, and meet up with your colleagues.

Hours: Thursday and Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (you can purchase items until 7:00 p.m.)

NWP Booth at NCTE
David Lawrence Convention Center, Hall A, Space No. 318-320 (near the center lounge on the second floor)
Be sure to stop by the David L. Lawrence Convention Center and visit the NWP exhibit booth at this year's NCTE Convention. NWP staff and local teacher-consultants will be on hand to provide information about writing project programs. Publications and materials from NWP and local sites will also be available.

Booth hours: Friday, Noon-6:00 p.m.; Saturday, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.; Sunday, 9:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

Special Events
While you're in town, have some fun at NWP's Special Events. Get to know your peers at the evening socials or celebratory Saturday breakfast. Soak in the local culture Friday night with a unique museum tour hosted by the Western Pennsylvania Writing Project.

Agenda Booklet
If you would like to view all of the sessions and events at the 2005 NWP Annual Meeting, download a PDF file of the agenda booklet (859 KB).

For more, see the 2004 Annual Meeting archive.

Visiting Pittsburgh

For directions to the hotel and the hot spots to dine at, visit our Local Info page to get where you need to go and take advantage of all the culture and great activities Pittsburgh has to offer.


For more information, contact Annual Meeting Program Committee at


Prelude to Pittsburgh: 2005 NWP Annual Meeting (2005)
It's not too early to mark your calendar for the 2005 National Writing Project Annual Meeting, November 17–19, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This year, the annual meeting will find the NWP at the Omni William Penn Hotel, a historic landmark in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh.

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