Calendar of Events



Saturday, March 21

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

IPFW campus, LA 35C

Early bird registration fee of $20 if done by 5:00 p.m. Monday, March 9; $30 thereafter or at the door.

Open to K-16 educators

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. No breakfast or lunch being served. A certificate of completion will be provided indicating 3 contact hours. Participants are welcome to bring their own computer or device, but none is required


Wednesday, June 10 to Friday, June 26, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., daily, on IPFW campus, LA 14.

The AWP Summer Institute is an intensive writing workshop offering a professional development opportunity for K-16 teachers in all disciplines and grade levels to develop their skill as writers and as teachers who use writing effectively in their classrooms. Up to 10 outstanding teachers who have been recommended by their principals or colleagues who have attended this summer institute may participate. Each teacher will receive a $400 stipendThe institute includes 90 contact hours and can be taken for graduate credit. 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

To apply for the summer institute, contact Karol Dehr at  or visit the “Summer Institute” page on our website:  Deadline for applications is May 11, 2015.


2015 Appleseed Writing Project

Summer Youth Writing Camps at IPFW

Registration must be made directly through our program and forms are available on the Appleseed Writing Project website at  and must be filled out and returned to the coordinator: Cheri Pruitt, 2525 Springfield Ave., Fort Wayne, IN, 46805 or contact her at

A teacher’s recommendation and signature are required on the middle school camp registration forms. Both camps take place on the IPFW campus. No previous creative writing experience is necessary for these camps—only a desire to write and a willingness to participate in the daily activities. Transportation to and from campus must be provided by parents or caregivers.


2015 Elementary Writing Camp

June 15-26

Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–noon, IPFW campus, KT G40

Fee: $90 for first-time campers; $80 for return campers and siblings

Open to students entering grades 4, 5, or 6 in fall 2015. Students will be guided through engaging activities and collaboration in a supportive environment, starting with choosing a topic, leading into sustained writing time, followed by revision, editing, publishing, and sharing. Students will emerge with a better understanding of the writing process and how and how to use that understanding in a variety of writing contexts. The camp will culminate with an open house reading event where students will present their writings to the public.


Middle School Writing Camp

June 15-26

Monday–Friday, 1–4 p.m., IPFW campus, KT G40

Fee: $90 for first-time campers; $80 for return campers and siblings

Open to students entering grades 7, 8, or 9 in the fall of 2015. This camp is designed for students who enjoy the experiences of writing in a noncompetitive, nonjudgmental environment where they will be able to allow their pens to follow their hearts. The environment provides a learning place where students can improve their writing skills under the tutelage of teachers without the concern of earning a grade. The Appleseed Youth Writing Camp will include an introduction to poetry, narratives, and short fiction. The sessions will also cover such topics as voice, character, and narrative. Students will also learn how to critique, revise, and publish their finished products. The camp will culminate with an open house reading event where students will present their writings to the public.


DAY OF DEMOS: Strategies for Effective Writing Instruction
October 24
Saturday, 9 am – Noon, IPFW Campus

Open to all educators, AWP will host a morning of teaching/writing demonstrations presented by fellow Teaching Consultants. Some topics include generating ideas, writer’s craft, writing to learn, writing across the curriculum, conferencing, multi-genres, digital literacy, among others.


October 24
Saturday, 12:30-2:00 pm, IPFW Walb Student Union International Ballroom

Students in grades 4 through 12 can submit their work in the following areas:
Poetry, Narrative, Expository, Fiction, Short Fiction, Science Fiction, Persuasive, Song Lyrics, or Writer’s Choice.

Students’ work is displayed for attendees to view.

Guest Author Laurie Gray will speak at 12:45 pm.