Welcome To CAWP

The Chicago Area Writing Project (CAWP) is celebrating 35 years of helping teachers, schools and district improve literacy instruction for K-12 students.  CAWP offers professional development programs at your schools and in your districts in writing, reading, content area reading and writing, assessment including the PARCC and more. For sample school programs and pricing, click the Program tab above and scroll down to School Programs.



We have some great teacher workshops for August 24-27, 2015 (Early Fall) to help teachers improve their instruction and assessment of writing and reading aligned with the Common Core State Standards.   Workshops can be taken as individual workshops or workshop series.  We’re also happy to announce a free workshop on Writing in Response to Literature (Gr. K-5) on August 24 co-sponsored by the Center for the Collaborative Classroom (formerly the Developmental Studies Center).

For a registration form, click  CAWP Early Fall 2015 Workshop Calendar-3b. Save money by registering early (by August 10)  or by registering for four or more workshops.

LOCATION for all workshops, unless otherwise indicated: UIC Campus – 1640 w. Roosevelt Rd., 6th floor, Chicago


FOR STUDENTS:  2016 Scholastic Writing Program       

This is the 93rd year of the Scholastic Art and Writing program.  Some past  winning authors (as teenagers!) are: Truman Capote, Sylvia Plath, Joyce Carol Oates and Ken Burns!  If you are a teacher or student in grades 7-12, CAWP will be the Chicago regional affiliate of this prestigious program for the 7th year.  Check back for more details.    Registration opens in September. 


If you’re interested in hearing  about CAWP workshops and classes for individual teachers, add your name and email to our mailing list by clicking Contact Us above.  Also, feel free to include the sessions/ topics that interest you in the comment section.  Hope to see you soon!

– Barbara Kato, CAWP Director