Registration Open: Youth Writing Camps

Registration for the 2016 Appleseed Writing Project’s Youth Writing Camps is now open!

2016 Youth Writing Camp-Promotional Flyer

Open to students entering grades 4, 5 or 6 in the fall of 2016
June 20-July 1
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
$100, $90 for returning campers and siblings
IPFW Course # 16SPER302

Registration Form: 2016 Elementary Camp Registration

Open to students entering grades 7, 8 or 9 in the fall of 2016
June 20-July 1
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
$100, $90 for returning campers and siblings
IPFW Course # 16SPER301

Registration Form: 2016YouthCampRegistration

Both Appleseed Youth Writing Camps are held on the IPFW Campus and will include the following:

 Writing in a variety of genres (poetry, story writing, narratives)
 Engaging activities and collaboration (choosing a topic, sustained writing time, revising, editing, publishing and sharing)
 Understanding the writing process (in a variety of writing contexts)
 Learning in a supportive environment under the tutelage of experienced writing teachers (but without the concern of earning a grade)

Transportation to and from campus must be provided by parents or caregivers. Students who utilize public transportation will be walked to their bus after each afternoon session by adult camp leaders.

Complete the registration forms located above and send the completed form and payment to Cheri Pruitt (directions on registration forms).


A teacher’s recommendation and signature are required on the middle school camp registration forms. No previous creative writing experience is necessary for these camps—only a desire to write and a willingness to participate in the daily activities.

Deadline to register is June 10th.

Questions about the Appleseed Youth Writing Camps can be directed to Cheri Pruitt, AWP’s Youth Camp Coordinator, at 260-710-3418 or

Questions about other Appleseed activities can be sent to Site Director Karol Dehr at 260-481-6074 or

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

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

Now Accepting Applications for our 12th Annual Invitational Summer Institute

IPFW’s Appleseed Writing Project, an affiliate of the National Writing Project, is pleased to announce its 12th Annual Invitational Summer Institute to be held on the IPFW campus from June 10-June 26, 2015.

The Appleseed Writing Project Summer Institute 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.

During the summer institute, teachers will develop a deeper understanding of writing instruction as well as research and reflect on their practice. Based upon the National Writing Project professional development model, institute participants will

  • Increase their individual knowledge and enjoyment of writing
  • Develop as writers
  • Participate in writing groups to share and respond to one another’s words
  • Present a demonstration of a successful teaching approach
  • Discuss applications of current research and curricular movements in writing and writing assessment including CCSS and technology
  • Share “best practices” that will empower their students
  • Research and reflect on their own writing
  • Develop skills of collaboration and coaching

For more information and to apply for the summer institute, complete the application form available on the “Summer Institute” page on by May 11 and submit it electronically as an email attachment to AWP Site Director Karol Dehr at dehr

How To Hack Your Notebook!

Appleseed Writing Project Hosts How To Hack Your Notebook

Saturday, March 21, 2015

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Paper circuitry

Paper circuitry

Sample drawing from a Writer's Notebook, illustrating a "hacked" notebook.

Sample drawing from a Writer’s Notebook, illustrating a “hacked” notebook.

In this workshop, participants will learn how to hack their notebooks and explore the process of building a simple paper circuit. Paper circuitry can be used to illuminate words or illustrations in texts, enabling writers’ thinking to shine and creativity to flourish, using interactive STEM-powered storytelling strategies.


For more information about what it means to “hack your notebook,” visit:

  • Open to K-16 educators.
  • No breakfast or lunch being served.
  • Participants will receive notebooks and hack kits and a certificate of completion indicating 3 contact hours.
  • Participants are welcome to bring their own computer or device, but none is required.


Presenter: Danielle Powell Long,

The Appleseed Writing Project Site
Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW)
2101 E. Coliseum Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN  46805



Early registration = $20 (until 5:00 pm, March 9, 2015)

Registration after March 9, 2015 or at the door = $30