Welcome To CAWP


We have some great basic workshops teachers love on writing process as well as Roel Vivitsome brand new workshops we call “New Writing Territories” which include the college essay, Shakespeare for Everyone, and Blending Technology, Data and Assessment.  All of them will be held the week of July 18-21 at UIC, 1640 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago, and participants will receive two CPDUs for each workshop.

Click here for registration form – CAWP Summer 2016 Teacher Workshop Calendar.



2016 Youth Writing Summer Camp – for students entering grades 7-10.   June 27-July 7, 2016

“Demystifying the College Application Essay – for students entering grades 11-12.    July 26-28, 2016


It’s BACK!!    Saturday, August 20, 2016         9 a.m. – noon     National Teachers’ Academy    55 W. Cermak   Chicago, IL

BACK-TO-SCHOOL teachers’ flea market

Join us as a customer or as a vendor as veteran teachers clear their shelves and onthefloor kato09TFMkt-8 closets.  If you’re a new teacher who needs children’s literature, novel set,  student prizes, AV equipment, art materials, and more, come to our Teacher’s Flea Market for great bargains and even free materials!  For more information, click here.  For customers, click CAWP Teachers’ Flea Market Flyer Aug. 20, 2016 For vendors, click Teachers’ Flea Market Seller’s Registration Form Aug. 20, 2016.


FOR STUDENTS:  2017 Scholastic Writing Program       

For the 8th year, the Chicago Area Writing Project will serve as the Chicago area affiliate for the Scholastic Art and Writing program.  In its 94 years of existence, this prestigious program has awarded such noteworthy authors (as teenagers!): Truman Capote, Sylvia Plath, Joyce Carol Oates and Ken Burns.  Registration will open in mid-September.  Check http://www.artandwriting.org for details, and click here to see the Chicago Regional 2016 Scholastic Writing Awardees


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 .  Also, feel free to include the sessions/ topics that interest you in the comment section.  Hope to see you soon!

– Barbara Kato, CAWP Director


The Chicago Area Writing Project (CAWP) is celebrating 37 years of helping teachers, schools and district improve literacy instruction for K-12 students.   We are looking for schools, CPS networks and school districts who are interested in moving beyond cookie-cutter programs and want to invest in and build upon their teachers’ knowledge and expertise so their students are engaged and inspired to be lifelong readers and writers even as they prepare for standardized assessments.

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 school program ideas and prices, click here CAWP Program Price Sheet 2015-2016.