Join the Colorado Writing Project Summer 2020!

CWP Online Flyer - summer 2020 website

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Colorado Writing Project is going online this summer. We hope you will make time for your teaching life and your writing life during the summer months, whatever they come to look like for us.  No matter what is going on in the world, you deserve time to read, write and reflect. Knowing how busy our days can be while at home, we are offering CWP as an online course that you can take at your own speed.

You do not have to be from Colorado to join us!  We welcome teachers from around the country and around the world.


Begins July 6

SEMINAR OFFERING:  Writing Your Own Models (1 graduate credit hour)

This seminar will involve a few synchronous mini-lessons/writing conferences over the course of five days (or more, as needed), while mostly being rooted in you just making time for yourself to write.   You will be creating your own examples of the writing you are asking your students to do, which carries extra importance during this time of remote learning.  Participants will be asked to come with lesson plans and rubrics (or rough drafts of both) to guide the writing.  This seminar is about creating whatever pieces of writing you want for using as teaching models in your writing class – whether you are teaching remotely or face to face.



SEMINAR OFFERING #2: Crafting Digital Time Capsules (2 graduate credit hours)

Wondering how you might plan for authentic units of study (very likely remotely) come fall? Join this session to create a digital time capsule project, customizable to your own students and grade level standards. We’ll explore how workshop practices such as writing for real purposes, choice, playfulness with form, and the use of mentor text translate to remote learning, while collaborating to plan a practical unit to teach in your own classroom. This seminar will include both synchronous and asynchronous lessons and opportunities to collaborate over the course of two weeks.

SEMINAR OFFERING #1 – Instant Writing Community

(a.k.a. join a like minded writing group)Begins June 8th – This seminar will provide participants with multiple opportunities for feedback on their own writing, which will generate ideas for providing feedback in the remote learning classroom, as well as face to face.  The seminar will involve synchronous writing conferences over the course of five days (or more, as needed), while mostly being rooted in you just making time for yourself to write.  Participants are asked to come with at least one piece of their own writing that they want to revise – seeking feedback.



(usually called our two week workshop)

60 hours/4 credit course (college credit available through UCD)

The Colorado Writing Project focuses on the teaching of writing and the teacher as writer.  We are putting the first two units of inquiry online on June 15 (there will be 8 inquires in all).  You will work directly with your instructor for writing conferences and with a few other students in workshop groups.  These can be scheduled to meet your needs.

Writing Project 1 folks will need the following books:

  • Primary teachers: About the Authors (Katie Wood Ray, Heinemann)
  • 3rd grade through 8th grade teachers: Writing Workshop  – Working Through the Hard Parts (And They’re All Hard Parts)  (Katie Wood Ray, NCTE)
  • 9th through 12th grade teachers: Write Beside Them  (Penny Kittle, Heinemann)
  • Everyone: What a Writer Needs, Second Edition  (Ralph Fletcher, Heinemann)
  • Heinemann is currently offering free shipping on books!

You will also need a writer’s notebook.

We know times are difficult for everyone, so we are cutting prices for this summer only. The 2-week workshops will be $300.

CWP II/III folks will connect individually with a consultant to determine a plan, including materials – the idea/goal is totally up to you!


Click on PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OFFERINGS and then registration!

We hope to see you online soon!

Boulder CWP 2019

Boulder’s 2019 CWP celebrates two weeks of writing and learning with a little yoga, sharing of wonderful writing and connection projects, delicious food, laughter, and community.

Takeaways from Participants of CWP’s Session on Revision at CCIRA February 2018

  • Take the time to share Golden Lines of student writing!
  • I wish I knew why we write.  I do not mean “authors” purpose.  I mean this writing that digs into my heart. Is it an important part of the human experience?  Can we get to the same stuff as oral processors?  Percolating on these questions.
  • I’m going to start writing – every single time my kids are writing.
  • Thanks for the time to write!  Today I realized I need to be my own writing teacher and encourage myself to do this  — that I have ideas worth exploring and revising.
  • *Golden line   *Teacher revision – live!    *Playing with writing, not fixing it.
  • Courage comes first – to write to tell your story.  Sharing makes us feel like writers. Then we are willing to revise.
  • I love the idea of looking for the true heartbeat of a piece.
  • This just adds to the plan I have after hearing Ralph Fletcher.  This new Greenbelt Writing Project I’m going to start where I encourage students to defy genre with their writing.
  • That revision does not have to be a difficult/teeth-pulling process!  Revision helps empower writers.
  • I am planning on exploring this idea of the heart of the writing.  Loved this!
  • There are so many things I’ve learned – is this method/idea the one thing I will have time to do?
  • Give students the space to try.
  • A good way to demonstrate the why of revision to students.  Give them a real world example—not just some other task they have to do.
  • A beautiful reminder that letting writers play as revisers builds courage and celebrates them as writers.
  • I wish there had been an invitation to play.  The writing and revising was the painful (traditional) way.
  • My take away from this session has been the ability to fail on the first try but be given chances to improve upon it, learn from it, and know I’m not the only one.  The “it” is writing.
  • Revision doesn’t mean scrutiny.  It means time to play – review, revise, re-see and spice things up!
  • How do we get kiddos more time to passion write?
  • Love the heart of the story.  How to integrate specific writing skills with the greenbelt?
  • Find time no matter what to allow kids to write about whatever they are passionate about.  Give them courage to understand it’s a messy process.
  • Sharing—reading your writing out loud is the key to revising.
  • My take away is that revision is what all writers wrestle with as they polish.
  • Georgia Heard’s Revision Toolkit has valuable questions that move away from basic questions to ones that dig deeper, yet are respectful of the writer.
  • Writing with kids makes all the difference in the world.
  • Revision is the love of writing.
  • Write Your Way Out—what a great start to a quick write.  I’m reminded that writing is a process that takes time—revision takes time and play.
  • We must change the way we talk about revision.  It is not a to-do list of doom but an opportunity to find your voice.
  • I love the questions for peer conferring – revision questions that you ask the writer before they share their writing.
  • I want to work to provide opportunities for my students to take ownership of their writing and feel that they truly are writers.


Thanks for joining us at CCIRA!

–Stevi and Karen