University of California, Riverside

Inland Area Writing Project

A Little History

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 Jim Gray's Bay Area Writing Project. 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. John Briggs, Professor of English, has been the Director since 1992. 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.

From the early 1990s until 2008, Martha Plender served as Assistant Director. Her energy, ideas, and many contacts in the region allowed the project to prosper. She greatly expanded its High School Outreach program and led most of the Summer Institutes. Her work as a docent at the Palm Springs Art Museum led to the creation of Writing Project programs that engaged students in the Coachella Valley. Her legacy continues.  

From 2009 until now, Ninetta Papadomichelaki has serve as Managing Director of the IAWP. In collaboration with a team of competent and dedicated Teacher Consultants, Ninetta Papadomichelaki has played a key role in re-envisioning the Invitational Summer Institute and turning it into a rigorous and rewarding year long experience of professional learning. She has also established Advanced Leadership Institutes for Teacher Consultants, the IAWP Annual Conference for all educators in our service area, as well as open programs such as Workshop Series in the summer and throughout the year. Under her leadership the High School Outreach Program, currently in its twenty-fifth year, has expanded, and the IAWP has been able to provide its service to many partnerships with districts and schools have been established.

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