“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: https://appleseedwritingproject.wordpress.com.

If you are interested in submitting a proposal, contact Karol Dehr at dehr@ipfw.edu 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

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 https://appleseedwritingproject.wordpress.com by May 11 and submit it electronically as an email attachment to AWP Site Director Karol Dehr at dehr @ipfw.edu.

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, powelld@westnoble.k12.in.us

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: thbrooks0421@gmail.com

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.