National Writing Project


NWP Spring Meeting

April 3–4, 2003

Washington, District of Columbia

Congress needs to hear from you and teachers at your site about the important role the writing project plays in your community. Please join us in Washington, D.C., for this important meeting. Go to the Legislative Update page to learn more about the status of NWP federal funding.

Meeting Highlights
Friday keynote speaker Jim Harvey, author of A Nation at Risk. Harvey will speak about his current project, a report from the National Commission on Writing in America's Schools and Colleges (see schedule below).

There's no better time than April to be in Washington, D.C. The weather is perfect, the cherry blossoms are in full bloom, and the city is alive with the energy of spring. Seasoned Capitol-goers and newcomers alike will want to join their NWP colleagues from across the country for this exciting event.
The meeting begins on Thursday morning in the stately Mansfield Room on the Senate side of the Capitol, where participants will hear from NWP's key supporters in the House and Senate. The morning's momentum sends participants energized and well-prepared to their afternoon visits with members of Congress. Bring the day to a pleasant end with a celebratory reception at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum.
Friday is a day to reunite and recharge with your writing project colleagues. Keynote speaker Jim Harvey, author of A Nation at Risk, will speak about his latest work with the National Commission on Writing. Harvey's talk will be followed by roundtable discussions on topics such as academic writing, the reading/writing connection, school partnerships, writing about social justice, writing for English language learners, and more. Review the complete schedule. All events are at the Washington Court Hotel.
The Washington Court Hotel 525 New Jersey Ave., N.W. Washington, D.C. 20001 800-321-3010 or 202-628-2100
  • Getting to the Washington Court Hotel from D.C. Airports and Union Station
  • Map of Capitol Hill
Rooms are available at the Washington Court Hotel for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights ($229/night; ph: 800/321-3010). Be sure to mention "NWP: National Writing Project" when you call. For other lodging options on Capitol Hill, contact Accommodations Unlimited at (800) 201-4005. Accommodations Unlimited guarantees discounted rooms ($139-$149/night) through March 13 (prices may increase after that date).
Wednesday, April 2 6:00-8:00 p.m.—Reception, Washington Court Hotel
Thursday, April 3 9:15-11:00 a.m.—Meeting, Mansfield Room, Senate Building, Capitol Hill
11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.—Personal visits to members of Congress
6:30-8:00 p.m.—Reception, Smithsonian National Postal Museum
Friday, April 4 (The Washington Court Hotel) For a more detailed Friday agenda, link here.
8:30-9 a.m.—Continental Breakfast
9:00-10:45 a.m.—Keynote speaker Jim Harvey
10:45-11:15 a.m.—Fruit and Cheese Break
11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.—Roundtable Discussions
12:15-1 p.m.—NWP Town Meeting
Saturday, April 5 Participants are on their own to enjoy Washington, D.C. See Activities in Washington, D.C. for suggestions, including the Cherry Blossom Festival and Parade.
Activities in Washington, D.C.
In addition to NWP's Spring Meeting 2003, a number of other exciting events are happening in Washington, D.C., April 4-5.

See Instructions for Downloading Documents if you have trouble downloading any of the following documents.

Getting to the Washington Court Hotel (PDF)

Map of Capitol Hill (PDF)

Friday Agenda (PDF)

Friday Roundtable Discussions( PDF)

Questions? Call the NWP main office at 510-642-0963 or email


NWP Voices Needed at 2003 Spring Meeting (2003)
Federal government cuts in social spending make your participation more important than ever.

James Harvey to Address NWP Spring Meeting (2003)
James Harvey, author of A NATION AT RISK and a forthcoming report from the National Commission on Writing in America's Schools and Colleges, is the keynote speaker at the NWP Spring Meeting, April 4, 2003, in Washington, D.C.

NWP Spring Meeting on the Calendar (2002)

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