Puget Sound
Writing Project



The Puget Sound Writing Project is influenced by these core beliefs: teachers who write are the best teachers of writing and teachers are the best teachers of teachers.

Writing, reading, and discussion are organically intertwined and work together in the classroom. Higher order thinking is made visible through writing and speaking.

PSWP guides teachers to be reflective practitioners. We sponsor Summer Institutes, in-school in-service programs, and special events to promote literacy.

Affiliated with the National Writing Project, PSWP is part of the University of Washington English Department. PSWP serves the Seattle area and all across Western Washington.

PSWP Summer Classes

If you have any questions or want further information contact PSWP director, Holly Stein at hstein@uw.edu or 206-790-0266 (cell).

PSWP Summer Reading and Writing Institute | View Further Info Here!
Based on the National Writing Project model, this institute places an emphasis on developing teachers as writers, teachers of reading, instructional leaders, and PLC or department facilitators. Participants gain strategies for teaching the Common Core elements of close reading, discussion of texts, and writing to explain, argue, and create. The focus is hands-on, inquiry-based practice, and immediately useful in the classroom. To increase our reflective teaching practice, we engage in classroom research over the following year, collaborating during the follow-up Saturday classes.
Participants will receive 10 credits upon completion of the class. Cost is $850. Meeting times are from 8:30am-3:30pm, M-F, June 29th-July 10th, PLUS seven Saturdays during the 2015-16 school year. Instructors will be the PSWP directors, Holly Stein and Bob McNamara.
PSWP Writing Workshop | View The Info Sheet Here!
One of the pillars of the National Writing Project is that teachers of writing should write. In this class we immerse ourselves in the writing workshop, focusing on ourselves as writers. We spend time writing, working in writing groups, sharing craft lessons, and reflecting on our writing process. Genre for your writing is open; craft lessons focus on memoir, article writing, and fiction. We welcome anyone who teaches.
Participants will receive 3 credits upon completion of the class. Cost is $450. Meeting times are from 8:30am-12:30pm, M-Th, July 13th-16th and July 20th-23rd. Instructors will be Holly Stein and Kim Norton.
PSWP Reading and Writing in ELA and Social Studies | For More Info Click Here!
This class focuses on language arts and social studies content and how to approach the new thinking and skill demands of the Common Core. We explore strategies for teaching students to think, read, and write in English, social studies, and/or humanities classes. This engaging class is inquiry-based, hands-on, and practical.
Participants will receive 6 credits upon completion of the class. Cost is $650. Meeting times are from 8:30am-3:30pm, M-F, August 3rd-14th. Core instructor will be Kim Norton, with guest instructor Doug Selwyn.
Application available here

All classes on the UW campus. Limited scholarship funding available; inquire with Holly Stein (206) 790-0266 regarding scholarship availability.

PSWP Newsletter 2015

Click here to view our newsletter, released May 2015. This document contains a round-up of K-12 research, news, and commentary.