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

National Task Jam

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Assignments Matter 2015
Hosted by The National Writing Project

Join us for our first National Task Jam—the opportunity to work with colleagues locally and nationally to design high quality, engaging, writing assignments.

Because we know that the quality of writing tasks impacts students’ capacity to achieve, because we know that creating high quality writing tasks is complex, intellectually challenging work, and because we know engaging in important, high quality work is better and more fun when we do it with others!

Saturday, January 24, 2015
8:30 am – 1:00 pm

In Google+, the Twittersphere using #tasksmatter, and at NWP sites around the country.

Locally at:IPFW_Logo
The Appleseed Writing Project Site
Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW)

2101 E. Coliseum Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN  46805

Trish Brooks:

To register, please fill out this short Google Docs Form by Monday, January 12th to reserve your spot. The first 25 teachers to register will be paid a $30 stipend in addition to 4.5 PGPs and a free lunch. After your registration is successful, you will receive a confirmation email.

*Please note: All attendees are asked to bring a copy of a text-based assignment and an electronic device (tablet/laptop) to use during this workshop. Attendees are also asked to make sure they have an active Gmail address for use in Google+. To create a Gmail account, click here.