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FALL 2017 & WINTER 2018We have some great all-day and Saturday morning workshops coming up.   Register early (at least 10 days before workshop) to take advantage of the Early Bird discount!

LOCATION:  UIC, 1640 W. Roosevelt Rd., Chicago                                         TIME: Fri. workshops 9-2:45 p.m.; Sat. workshops 10:30-1 p.m

Fri., Nov. 10      Workshop E. Primary Writing Workshop (Gr. 1-3)

Mon., Nov. 13      FREE Online Video Conference!        4-5 p.m.                                 Teaching Golden Shovel Poetry with Guest Presenter Peter Kahn, Oak Park and River Forest HS teacher & Co-Editor of The Golden Shovel Anthology.   Peter will share teaching ideas for  Golden Shovel poetry made popular by Gwendolyn Brooks and let you know about a new writing competition featuring this poetry form.    Email registration form to cawp@uic.edu by N0v. 10 to register.

Fri., Dec. 1        Workshop F. Non-Fiction Writing in the Age of Fake News (Gr. 4+)
Sat., Dec. 2        Workshop G. Understanding the SAT (Secondary)   
Fri., Jan. 26      Workshop H. Understanding Reading and Writing on the PARCC (Gr.3-8)

Fri., Feb. 23  BRAND NEW!     Workshop I. Crafty Readers & Writer’s Craft (Gr. 4+) with Featured a.m. Speaker: Carol Jago, Past President of National Council of Teachers of English, Common Core ELA standards reviewer and author of numerous books including With Rigor for All.

Click here for Fall 2017 Workshops (E-I) registration flyer.



2018 Scholastic Writing Program       

This year marks the 95th Scholastic Art and Writing Program. 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.  Several scholarships will be awarded to selected senior authors.

The work of some national winners will be printed in The Best Teen Writing, and selected winners in poetry are recognized in the National Student Poets program.    Check www.artandwriting.org for more information and samples of student writing in each category.   Click here to see Scholastic 2018 Writing Categories and Preparation Directions – Chicago Region

Registration Opens       Sept. 13, 2017                                                              Online Submission Deadline   Dec. 2, 2017



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 2017-2018


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