Writer’s Group Meets Tomorrow: September 21st!

It’s that time again. The AWP Writers Group will meet Wednesday, September 21st at IPFW in LA160. It may be a pain to make yourself come, but you will be glad you did.

If you want to participate, but the third Wednesday of the month doesn’t work for you, let us know by emailing us at appleseedwp@gmail.com. We will try to work out an alternative time.

We have several other exciting things happening next month! We’re still accepting submissions for our Young Writers’ Showcase, and you still have time to register for our AWP T3 Workshop! Connect and reconnect with colleagues and take away some great teaching ideas for your reluctant and not so reluctant writers as well.


T3: Teachers Teaching Teachers

The Appleseed Writing Project will be hosting a T3 (Teachers Teaching Teachers) workshop, focusing on reaching reluctant writers. Teachers and educators of all levels (K-16) and from all disciplines are welcome to attend this 3-hour workshop consisting of 3 concurrent 50-minute sessons. Some of the many topics that will be covered will be incorporating technology as a way to engage reluctant writers, brainstorming techniques that encourage reluctant writers to get started, and reaching reluctant writers outside the language arts’ classroom.

Please join us Saturday, October 8, 2016 from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon* at IPFW in the Liberal Arts (LA) Building.

Registration is $25 for all teachers and educators, $15 for workshop presenters, and free to all IPFW pre-service teachers.

To register:  http://goo.gl/qRLa5E

If you have any questions, please contact Karol Dehr: dehr@ipfw.edu or 260-481-6074


*Check in from 8:15 to 8:45 a.m. in LA lobby.

Young Writer’s Showcase 2016

Appleseed Writing Project will host their annual Young Writer’s Showcase on Saturday, October 8, 2016 at IPFW’s Walb Student Union Atrium from 12:30 – 2:00 pm. Guest Author of Tough Boy Sonatas, Curtis Crisler, will be joining us! The showcase is free and open to the public.


The Appleseed Writing Project’s Annual Young Writer’s Showcase is now accepting submissions from students in 4th – 12th grades of:

-short fiction
-science fiction
-song lyrics
-writer’s choice

All submissions must be original work and typed or handwritten in ink (no colored ink or graphics).

Please limit all poetry to 30 lines and all other submissions to 1,000 words. If you have longer works, please submit an excerpt not exceeding 1,000 words.

Group and individual submissions are welcome.

Judges will select entries based on effective use of language, creativity, and originality.

Send submissions to:
Cheri Pruitt, Appleseed Writing Project’s Youth Coordinator
2525 Springfield Ave.
Fort Wayne, IN 46805

Please include your name and email/phone number on your submission.

Submission Deadline:  September 30, 2016


Writing Pathways to Disciplinary Learning

Please read: Writing Pathways flyer for information regarding an upcoming conference for writing instructors and others on designing effective writing assignments.  It occurs on Friday, September 16 (just one day before the ITW Annual Fall Conference—both in Indy).  Please consider registering at the link below.  Cost is only $35.
Appleseed will reimburse the fee for the first 10 TCs who register and attend. Terry Springer and Karol Dehr, Appleseed Directors, will be facilitating an afternoon session with keynote speaker Dr. Dan Melzer leading the way.
More details forthcoming as the day approaches.

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 cheri.pruitt28@gmail.com.

Questions about other Appleseed activities can be sent to Site Director Karol Dehr at 260-481-6074 or dehr@ipfw.edu.

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: http://goo.gl/forms/FydnfwcmdX 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 dehr@ipfw.edu.  You can learn more about the National Writing Project by visiting http://www.writingproject.org.

2016 AWP Writing Institute