The IAWP was founded in the late 1970s as one of the first sites of the California Writing Project, the new statewide network that followed the model created by the Bay Area Writing Project based at the University of California, Berkeley. The Writing Project is founded upon the core principles of equity and opportunity for all learners across grade levels and disciplines.
We are part of a large network of sites in California and across the nation. All writing projects are anchored at colleges and universities, serving educators across disciplines and at all levels TK-university. We do this by providing professional learning opportunities, generating research, and developing resources that can help improve writing instruction and the learning experience of students in our service area.
From its inception until 1992, the IAWP office was administered through the UCR Extension. In that year, it moved to its new home in the UCR English Department, and in 2009 it joined the University Writing Program. The IAWP is currently directed by John Briggs (Director) and Agnes Mazur (Managing Director). Thanks to competent and dedicated directors and Teacher Consultants, the IAWP has continuously received federal and state grants to invest in the improvement of writing instruction for the educators of our service area. What we do today is the result of the contributions of teacher leaders: their experience, ideas, experiments, and energy.