College-Ready Writers Program Shows Positive Impacts on Student Writing

Have you heard about the CRWP? It’s the National Writing Project’s College-Ready Writers Program, and it encourages teachers to teach college and career-ready (primarily argumentative) writing, specifically using nonfiction texts.

According to a study completed by SRI International, the CRWP has had many positive impacts on students’ writing. You can read the study here. Twelve NWP sites participated in 10 states over a 2-year time frame, and the NWP posted the study’s key findings in a Press Release on March 15, 2016.

To learn more about the College-Ready Writers Program, visit the National Writing Project’s webpage here.

Writing Institute: Now Accepting Applications!

IPFW’s Appleseed Writing Project, an affiliate of the National Writing Project, is pleased to announce its 13th Annual Invitational Writing Institute to be held on the IPFW campus.

Appleseed is an intensive writing workshop offering a professional development opportunity for teachers in all disciplines and grade levels (K-16) to develop their skill as writers and as teachers who use writing effectively in their classrooms.

The Writing Institute begins on Saturday, April 30, from 9:00 to 4:00. The summer schedule begins on Monday, June 13 and ends on Friday, June 24. 

Appleseed also has 3 additional Saturdays scheduled in the fall (all from 9 to 4:00):

  • April 30
  • September 10
  • October 8
  • November 12
  • Along with 6 hours online

Interested teachers will need to fill out the online application: by April 1, 2016.

In addition to reviewing your application, we will contact you for a brief personal interview that will allow you to ask questions about the institute and meet AWP leaders.  Group interviews will take place at IPFW in the spring and participants should be selected by mid-April.

We look forward to receiving you application.  If you have questions, please call Karol Dehr at 260.481.6074 or email  You can learn more about the National Writing Project by visiting

2016 AWP Writing Institute

“Day of Demos” Cancelled

We are sad to announce, due to low enrollment, The Appleseed Writing Project is cancelling the “Day of Demos” that was scheduled for Saturday, October 24th.

However, the 3rd Annual Young Writers Showcase will still be held in IPFW’s Walb Ballroom on Saturday, October 24th from 12:30 to 2:00 pm. Several students submitted work that were chosen to be on display, and we’re excited to share their pieces with you! Guest speaker, Author, Laurie Gray (Summer Sanctuary and Just Myrto), will be speak at 12:45 pm; you won’t want to miss it!

The showcase is free and open to the public.


“Day of Demos” is set for October 24th!

Each year in the fall, the Appleseed Writing Project presents a “Day of Demos.”  This is the National Writing Project’s central concept of teachers teaching teachers at its best. A “demo” is designed to spark new ideas for all teachers to implement within their classrooms, driven by an idea presented by a colleague.

NWP Summer Institute participants are very familiar with the term “demo” — the formal demonstration of teaching practice that every institute fellow presents to all the other participants.

  • The idea of a “demo” is not to present a lesson as if the participants are students and the demonstrator is the teacher, but rather that the presenter gives a research-based rationale, an order of procedure for a model lesson, and a reflection on the lesson in practice to his or her peers.
  • This kind of interaction allows the presenter teacher to see the lesson from different perspectives and for the audience teachers to take away new vigor and fresh ideas to implement in their own classrooms.

The “Day of Demos” will be hosted by the Appleseed Writing Project on Saturday, October 24, 2015 from 9:00 to 12:00 in the Liberal Arts building on the IPFW campus.  It will offer numerous opportunities for teachers to engage in this rich exchange of ideas and practices, from several different content areas, and many different grade levels.  Demonstrations fall into the following categories of writing instruction:

  • Generating ideas
  • Writer’s craft
  • Drafting and revising
  • Write-to-learn in language arts or content area
  • Digital literacy

Concluding our Day of Demos is a Young Writers Showcase, where area young writers are highlighted and a published author is our guest speaker.


Appleseed Writing Project Day of Demos: Strategies for Effective Writing Instruction.

Registration fees: $25 for full or part-time teachers; $10 for pre-service teachers. Online registration will end at noon on Friday, October 23.  On-site registration on the 24th will be an additional $5.00.

Details are on the AWP WordPress site:

If you are interested in submitting a proposal, contact Karol Dehr at or 481-6074.

3rd Annual Young Writers Showcase

The Appleseed Writing Project is now accepting submissions for our 3rd annual Young Writers Showcase.


It is being held this year in the IPFW Ballroom on Saturday, October 24, from 12:30 to 2:00 pm.

Students currently in grades 4 through 12 are welcome to submit.  This year, we extended the invitation to high school. The event is free and open to the public.

The deadline for submission is October 16.

This would be an excellent opportunity for them to create work for submission for the annual Scholastic Writing Awards. There are a number of genres for them to consider.

Please see the flyer below for more information:

2015 Young Writer’s Showcase Flyer