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A Roll Call of National Writing Project Sites

By: NWP Staff
Publication: The Voice, Vol. 8, No. 5
Date: 2003

Summary: As part of the ongoing 30th anniversary celebration, The Voice offers a set of milestones in NWP history, listing which new sites were founded year by year...

 

The strength of the National Writing Project network is in its local sites. As part of the ongoing 30th anniversary celebration, The Voice acknowledges that fact with another set of "milestones in NWP history"—this time focusing on the growth of sites across the project's 30-year history.

From a single site in 1973—the Bay Area Writing Project in California—the network has swelled to include 175 sites in 2003. In a mere three decades, the organization has grown from a group of 25 teachers gathered in a Berkeley, California, classroom to a legion of 12,000 teacher-leaders at sites in 50 states offering an array of some 6,000 programs that do everything from advancing the teaching of reading and writing to providing vital help for new teachers.

Spread across the following pages, this special milestone feature reflects an "established date" for each of the network's currently existing sites. And in the interest of creating the most accurate NWP archives possible, we invite readers to let us know if their site's records of an established date differ from ours. Feel free to contact us.

1973

Bay Area Writing Project (BAWP) is established.

1977

The following sites are established: Central California Writing Project, Inland Area Writing Project (California), Nebraska Writing Project, Northern California Writing Project, Oregon Writing Project at Southern Oregon University, Redwood Writing Project (California), San Diego Area Writing Project, Missouri Writing Project, South Basin Writing Project (California), and UCLA Writing Project (California).

1978

Gateway Writing Project (Missouri), Greater Phoenix Area Writing Project, Illinois Writing Project, Montana Writing Project, New York City Writing Project, Northern Virginia Writing Project, Oklahoma Writing Project, Oregon Writing Project at the University of Oregon, Southern Arizona Writing Project, and UC Irvine Writing Project (California) are established.

1979

Newly established sites this year include Boston Writing Project (Massachusetts), Central Virginia Writing Project, Chicago Area Writing Project, Eastern Virginia Writing Project, Pennsylvania Writing and Literature Project, San Joaquin Valley Writing Project (California), South Coast Writing Project (California), and Utah Writing Project.

1980

Alaska State Writing Consortium, East Texas Writing Project, Hawai`i Writing Project, Ohio Writing Project, and Tidewater Writing Project (Virginia) are established.

1981

Area 3 Writing Project (California), Coastal Area Writing Project (South Carolina), Dakota Writing Project (South Dakota), Iowa Writing Project, Maryland Writing Project, Lowcountry Writing Project (South Carolina), Northwest Inland Writing Project (Idaho), Oakland Writing Project (Michigan), and Triad Area Writing Project (North Carolina) are established.

1982

These sites are established: Capital Area Writing Project (Pennsylvania), Connecticut Writing Project – Storrs, Louisville Writing Project (Kentucky), Northern Nevada Writing Project, Puget Sound Writing Project (Washington), and Winthrop Writing Project (South Carolina).

1983

Capital Area Writing Project at NCSU (North Carolina), Greater Kansas City Writing Project (Missouri), Spartanburg Writing Project (South Carolina), and Wyoming Writing Project are established.

1984

Greater Houston Area Writing Project (Texas), Louisiana State University Writing Project, Oregon Writing Project at Lewis and Clark College, Southern Nevada Writing Project, West Texas Writing Project, and Western Pennsylvania Writing Project are established.

1985

This year sees these sites established: MSU Writing/Thinking Project (Mississippi) and Southwest Georgia Writing Project.

1986

These sites are established: Delta Area Writing Project (Mississippi), Eastern Kentucky University Writing Project, Fox Valley Writing Project (Wisconsin), Marshall University Writing Project (West Virginia), Milwaukee Writing Project (Wisconsin), Morehead Writing Project (Kentucky), Philadelphia Writing Project, Purchase Area Writing Project (Kentucky), Rhode Island Writing Project, South Mississippi Writing Project, University of Mississippi Writing Project, Western Kentucky University Writing Project, Western New York Writing Project, and Wiregrass Writing Project (Alabama).

1987

Bluegrass Writing Project (Kentucky), Prairie Lands Writing Project (Missouri), San Jose Area Writing Project (California), Toledo Area Writing Project (Ohio), and West Virginia University Writing Project are established.

1988

These sites are established: Jacksonville State University Writing Project (Alabama), Midlands Writing Project (South Carolina), Northern Arizona Writing Project, and Santee-Wateree Writing Project (South Carolina).

1989

Alcorn Writing Project (Mississippi), Mississippi Valley State University Writing Project, National Writing Project of Acadiana (Louisiana), and Penn State Lehigh Valley Writing Project are established.

1990

Greater New Orleans Writing Project is established.

1991

Capstone Writing Project (Alabama), Coastal Georgia Writing Project, Eastern Michigan Writing Project, and Minnesota Writing Project are established.

1992

These sites are established: Great Valley Writing Project (California), High Plains Writing Project (New Mexico), Illinois State Writing Project, Oklahoma State University Writing Project, Oregon Writing Project at Eastern Oregon University, Southcentral Pennsylvania Writing Project, Southeastern Louisiana Writing Project, and Western Massachusetts Writing Project.

1993

These sites are established: Central Washington Writing Project, Indiana Teachers of Writing Writing Project, Long Island Writing Project (New York), Red Cedar Writing Project (Michigan), Saginaw Bay National Writing Project (Michigan), and West Tennessee Writing Project.

1994

Kennesaw Mountain Writing Project (Georgia) and Third Coast Writing Project (Michigan) join the network.

1995

These sites are established: Alabama A & M University Writing Project, Borinquen Writing Project (Puerto Rico), District of Columbia Area Writing Project, Oregon Writing Project at Willamette University, and South Georgia Writing Project.

1996

Four Corners Writing Project (New Mexico), Indiana Writing Project, National Writing Project in Vermont, Northwest Indiana Writing Project, Peachtree Urban Writing Project (Georgia), South Texas Writing Project, and Upper Peninsula Writing Project (Michigan) are established.

1997

These sites are established: Eastern Shore Writing Project (Maryland), Little Rock Writing Project (Arkansas), National Writing Project at Kent State University (Ohio), and Northwest Arkansas Writing Project.

1998

Central Texas Writing Project, Crossroads Writing Project (Michigan), Delaware Writing Project, Great Basin Writing Project (Nevada), and University of Maine Writing Project are established.

1999

These sites are established: Central Arkansas Writing Project, Mid Ohio Writing Project, Red River Valley Writing Project (North Dakota), Sabal Palms Writing Project (Texas), and Tampa Bay Area Writing Project (Florida).

2000

Central Los Angeles Writing Project, Connecticut Writing Project – Fairfield, Denver Writing Project (Colorado), Mobile Bay Writing Project (Alabama), Mountain Writing Project (Kentucky), National Writing Project at Rutgers University (New Jersey), Sicangu Writing and Action Project (South Dakota), Swamp Fox Writing Project (South Carolina), and Trenton Area Writing Project at Rider University (New Jersey) are established.

2001

Georgia Southern Writing Project, Hudson Valley Writing Project (New York), Live Oak Writing Project (Mississippi), Meadow Brook Writing Project (Michigan), National Writing Project at Florida Gulf Coast University, Sun Belt Writing Project (Alabama), UC Merced Writing Project (California), and Upstate Writing Project (South Carolina) are established.

2002

Appalachian Writing Project (Virginia), Central Massachusetts Writing Project, Central West Virginia Writing Project, Eastern Iowa Writing Project, Flint Hills Writing Project (Kansas), Heart of Texas Writing Project, Plymouth Writing Project (New Hampshire), San Marcos Writing Project (California), South Florida Writing Project, and Virgin Islands Writing Project (U.S. Virgin Islands) are established.

2003

These sites are established: Appleseed Writing Project (Indiana), Borderlands Writing Project (New Mexico), Buzzards Bay Writing Project (Massachusetts), Colorado State University Writing Project, Indiana University Southeast Writing Project, Lake Michigan Writing Project (Michigan), National Writing Project at Rowan University (New Jersey), North Star of Texas Writing Project, Northeast Indiana Writing Project, Red Clay Writing Project (Georgia), and University of Louisiana at Monroe Writing Project.

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