University of California, Riverside

Inland Area Writing Project

NWP's Mission & IAWP's Goals


Our Mission

The National Writing Project focuses the knowledge, expertise, and leadership of our nation's educators on sustained efforts to improve writing and learning for all learners.

Our Vision

Writing in its many forms is the signature means of communication in the 21st century. The NWP envisions a future where every person is an accomplished writer, engaged learner, and active participant in a digital, interconnected world.

Who We Are

Unique in breadth and scale, the NWP is a network of sites anchored at colleges and universities and serving teachers across disciplines and at all levels, early childhood through university. We provide professional development, develop resources, generate research, and act on knowledge to improve the teaching of writing and learning in schools and communities.

The National Writing Project believes that access to high-quality educational experiences is a basic right of all learners and a cornerstone of equity. We work in partnership with institutions, organizations, and communities to develop and sustain leadership for educational improvement. Throughout our work, we value and seek diversity—our own as well as that of our students and their communities—and recognize that practice is strengthened when we incorporate multiple ways of knowing that are informed by culture and experience.


Learn more about the NWP's core principles.

IAWP's Goals

  • To assist all teachers, K-14, who are seeking to improve their students' writing
  • To assist teachers in becoming better writers in order to understand and appreciate the struggles and accomplishments of their own students.
  • To enable all students to become accomplished writers of English, including those with diverse second-language backgrounds as well as those struggling with one language.
  • To keep teachers informed and prepared in relation to State Standards in Writing.

The IAWP provides inservice programs, ELL training and teaching, and a number of other programs, institutes, and workshops that we host on the UC Riverside campus. Many of our programs can earn Continuing Education credits through UCR's Extension or the offices of Summer Session.

Inservice Opportunities

The IAWP is a large network of teacher-consultants with experience and knowledge to help schools and districts meet their goals.

A sampling of our available topics include:

  • Writing Assessment for State Standards
  • New Teacher Workshops
  • Managing Curriculum
  • Special Workshops for Teachers of ELL Students
  • Preparing Students for college level academic writing

Fees for inservices are based on the number of teachers attending and the length of the programs scheduled.

Schools, districts and department chairs may contact Sharen Topham for more information.

English Language Learners

The IAWP offers workshops specifically geared toward teachers of ELL. Districts and schools may also opt to host their own inservices to address ELL Teaching. Fees to schools and districts for inservices are based on the number of teachers and the length of the workshops.

Some of the topics covered in ELL workshops and inservices include:

  • vocabulary development
  • SDAIE techniques
  • literature circles across grade levels
  • writer's workshop
  • ELA-ELD standards and testing
  • student-led conferences
  • descriptive writing, analysis and application
  • portfolios
  • structured and formulaic writing
  • oral language activities to promote writing
  • museum walk and expressive poetry

For information about ELL inservices, please contact Sharen Topham for more information.

More Information

General Campus Information

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900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

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Department Information

Inland Area Writing Project
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Tel: (951) 827-3666
Fax: (951) 827-7761