National Writing Project

National Writing Project Wins Top Award for Website

Society of National Association Publications Bestows Gold EXCEL Award

For Immediate Release


Berkeley, CA, June 16, 2008—The National Writing Project (NWP) received the Gold EXCEL Award for the Editorial Content on its website ( from the Society of National Association Publications (SNAP) on June 10.

"Our award-winning website reflects the high value we place on writing. And since much of NWP's website content comes from writing project teachers and directors, it is an award for the entire network," said Sharon Washington, executive director of the National Writing Project. "Our website is essential to communicating our vision of improving student achievement by improving the teaching of writing and improving learning in the nation's schools."

The 28th Annual EXCEL Awards honored the best and brightest in association publishing. SNAP is a national non-profit organization that judged the Website/Editorial Content category by looking for succinct, complete, and logically organized information, with clear and concise writing. Noting why the NWP website received the Gold award, judges commented, "How could a website all about writing be anything but well-written? This site was informative, easy to follow, and a pleasure to read."

The NWP website provides in-depth resources on a variety of topics to support primary through university educators.

The other finalists in the category were SPIE-The International Society for Optical Engineering, Habitat for Humanity International, and Trout Unlimited.


The National Writing Project is the most significant coordinated effort to improve writing in America. NWP sites, located on nearly 200 university and college campuses, serve more than 135,000 participants annually. NWP continues to add new sites each year with the goal of placing the writing project within reach of every teacher in America. Through its professional development model, NWP develops the leadership, programs, and research needed for teachers to help students become successful writers and learners. For more information, visit

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