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2019 Scholastic Writing Program       

For the 10th year, the Chicago Area Writing Project will serve as the Chicago area  writing affiliate for the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.  Student writers in grades 7-12 are invited to participate in this prestigious writing program established in 1923 in which the early talents artist/ writers such as Truman Capote, Robert Redford, Sylvia Plath and others were recognized when they also were teenagers.

Last year, students submitted nearly 350,000 works of visual art and writing to the Scholastic Awards; more than 90,000 works were recognized at the regional level and celebrated in local exhibitions and ceremonies.

As the program in Chicago continues to grow, we are excited to announce we will co-host this year’s program with Writopia Lab Chicago   which offers a wide variety of writing workshops and programs led by professional writers for teens and adults.  

Student authors in grades 7-12 are invited to submit their works in the following genres: flash fiction, short stories, poetry, drama, journalism, humor, science fiction/ fantasy, memoir, and critical essays.  If you’d like to start thinking about next year’s program, click here to see  Scholastic 2019 Writing Categories and Preparation Directions – Chicago Region .  Registration opens Sept. 12, 2018.



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. Click here for school program ideas and prices.  Click here for CAWP Program Price Sheet 2018-2019


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