Part of the international program begun at Berkeley in 1974, the Northwest Arkansas Writing Project teachers joined more than 200,000 educators from around the world at nearly 200 National Writing Project sites. The “hands-on minds-on” programs involve teachers in creative workshops and institutes that give them new ideas to bring spark and creativity to their classroom writing curricula. The institutes also enable teachers to develop professional and personal relationships with their peers and create a community of dedicated individuals striving to teach Arkansas children excellent writing skills. Kidswrite and Teenswrite, a writing camp for local kids was developed in 1999, gathering more than 50 Arkansas youngsters to practice writing across the curriculum for fun each summer. For more information about NWAWP, contact Director Dr. Chris Goering.
In 1997, Dr. Samuel Totten founded the Northwest Arkansas Writing Project, now the longest running site in the state. Immediately, NWAWP began to attract some of the finest teachers in the greater Northwest Arkansas region and began to establish a record of success. With longstanding support by the College of Education and Health Professions and the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Arkansas, NWAWP continues to change and develop to meet the needs of the teaching population. In 2009, Dr. Chris Goering assumed the leadership of the site and continued the work of developing the best possible writing teachers for the children of Northwest Arkansas.