National Writing Project

"I Will Make Time to Write"

By: NWP Staff
Publication: The Voice, Vol. 7, No. 1
Date: January-February 2002

Summary: Your New Year's resolution to devote more time to writing is a keeper, and the NWP Writing Retreat may be just the inspiration you need. Application deadline: March 22, 2002.


You were stalwart about your first New Year's resolution—to lose weight—until someone passed you a plate of obscenely tempting cookies. Your second resolution, which you can't remember, bit the dust shortly thereafter. But your final resolution—to give more time to your writing—is a keeper, and the National Writing Project Writing Retreat may be just the solution.

NWP will again sponsor its writing retreat at the Sunrise Springs Inn and Retreat, outside Santa Fe, New Mexico, June 27–30, 2002. The retreat will be open to all NWP site directors and teacher-consultants and will focus, as in the past, on professional writing—work that has as its center classroom practice and educational issues. Within the context of these guidelines, however, 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 onsite coaches/editors.

NWP will arrange lodging and cover the cost of accommodations and meals; participants are responsible for their own travel and incidental expenses. Attendance is limited to 20 participants, and applications—due by March 22, 2002—are available online at Applications can also be obtained from site directors or by calling 510/642-0963. Further details about the retreat itself, as well as articles and reflections from previous writing retreats, are available on the website, but more specific questions can be emailed to Joe Check at; Kathleen O'Shaughnessy at; or Carol Tateishi at

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