National Writing Project

NWP Writing Retreat 2002: Building on Success

By: NWP Staff
Publication: The Voice, Vol. 6, No. 5
Date: November-December 2001

Perhaps it's the high desert environs, but just as likely it's the collective energy that emerges when 20 National Writing Project teacher-consultants and site directors are given space to write at the annual NWP Writing Retreat, now taking applications for its fourth year.

Whatever the reason, at least a dozen pieces that have appeared in NWP publications The Quarterly and The Voice have been generated during previous retreats at Sunrise Springs Inn and Retreat outside of Santa Fe, New Mexico. And that's not counting pieces that have been published in other professional journals.

Building on this record of success, NWP will again sponsor the writing retreat at the Sunrise Springs site. To be held June 27-30, 2002, the retreat is open to all NWP site directors and teacher-consultants. As in the past, the focus of the retreat will be on professional writing—work that centers on classroom practice and educational issues. However, within the context of these guidelines, the retreat structure fosters a community of writers and an environment that is flexible enough to accommodate writers at different stages of development. And, as will surprise no one familiar with NWP programs, participants will respond to each other's work and gather feedback from on-site coaches/editors. The application-only retreat works to achieve a representation of the diversity of professional experience in NWP, of the participants' writing interests, and of the geographic range of the NWP network.

While participants are responsible for their own travel and incidental expenses, NWP will arrange lodging and cover the cost of accommodations and meals. Attendance is limited to 20 participants, and applications, which are due by March 22, 2002, will be available from site directors (or may be obtained by calling 510/642-0976) in January 2002. For more information, email Joe Check at; Kathleen O'Shaughnessy at; or Carol Tateishi at

Link to NWP Writing Retreat in the NWP Calendar.


"Teachers Find Direction in Writing: Reflections on the NWP Writing Retreat in Santa Fe," The Voice, September-October 2001.

"NWP Writing Retreat in Santa Fe, New Mexico: Gathering Around Our Writing," by Tim Gillespie, The Voice, September-October 2000.

"NWP Writing Retreat in Santa Fe, New Mexico: Retreat Eases Writing Struggle," by Terry Mobley, The Voice, September-October 2000.

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