National Writing Project

NWP Goes to Washington: Initial Plans in Place for Spring Meeting

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

Summary: The annual NWP Spring Meeting gives site leaders and teachers from all over the country an opportunity to share the work of the writing project with Congressional representatives from their area. This year's meeting will be held April 11-12, 2002.


Is there a person who has spent two hours viewing the Frank Capra classic film Mr. Smith Goes to Washington who has not wanted to play Jimmy Stewart? At the National Writing Project Spring Meeting to be held in Washington, D.C., April 11-12, 2002, site directors and teacher-consultants will have a chance to fill the role of Jefferson Smith—sort of.

Of course, the members of Congress to whom we will be explaining the good work of the writing project are considerably friendlier and more disposed to recognize a worthy cause than the "baddies" with whom Smith did battle. But even if we will be working in a more receptive context, our work is no less important. On Thursday morning, April 11, NWP site leaders and teacher-consultants (TCs) will enter the nation's Capitol, where they will hear from our key supporters in the House and the Senate. This session will prepare participants for the personal visits they will make to members of Congress that afternoon, just the kind of constituent-to-legislator conversations of which Director Capra would have approved.

On Thurday evening, participants will exchange stories of congressional adventures at a cocktail reception at the Phoenix Park Hotel, followed by dinner on the town. On the following day, April 12, site leaders and TCs will meet to discuss issues related to the running of a writing project site and the teaching of writing. Optional Saturday group activities will be announced in February 2002.

Lodging for the event will be available at the Phoenix Park Hotel (800/824-5419 or 202/638-6900). Those who mention NWP group #8792 will be eligible for reduced rates. Site directors and TCs who wish to register for the spring meeting should call the NWP office at 510/642-0963, email Yvonne Chiu at ychiu@writing, or visit the NWP 2002 Spring Meeting page on our website for more information.


"Ed Week Founder Talks School Reform," by Art Peterson, The Voice, May-June 2001.

"NWP Spring Meeting in Washington," The Voice, May-June 2001.

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