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Welcome to the Oregon Writing Project at SOU!


Upcoming workshops


Teaching argument-writing: A workshop for teachers   October 25, 2014

Join us  for this engaging one-day workshop on October 25, 2014. We'll review the basic elements of argument, and introduce a 'structured process' approach to teaching argument to meet the Common Core Standards in ELA and social studies. One optional graduate credit available. Click here for more information and a registration form.

About the OWP at SOU           

The Oregon Writing Project (OWP) at SOU is dedicated to improving the writing abilities of students by strengthening the teaching and learning of writing, providing professional development programs for classroom teachers,and expanding the leadership roles of teachers.

OWP at SOU is one of five campus sites in Oregon and serves the southwest area Saigoof the state. OWP is affiliated with the National Writing Project and funded in part by the Federal Government. For more than twenty years, the National Writing Project has promoted and developed teacher-presenters, teacher-consultants, and teacher-leaders all across the United States.

These principles guide our work:

  • Writing is fundamental to learning in all disciplines.
  • Effective teachers of writing regularly write themselves.
  • Teachers learn best from other successful teachers.
  • Universities, districts, and schools deepen their work through collaboration

Read about our 2013-14 activities

The 2013-14 year was busy and exciting for the OWP; the 2013-14 site report provides a full picture of our activities, including seminars, workshops, summer young authors' camps, and our pilot digital storytelling project. The highlight of our year was the summer 2014 three-week intensive Literacy Leadership Institute. This institute was funded largely by a federal SEED grant (Supporting Effective Educator Development).

Check out our blog from the 2014 Summer Institute!groupphoto

Watch a slide show from the 2014 Summer Institute

Order a copy of our 2014 summer institute anthology of writings by teacher participants ($6)

Information about our summer 2015 institute will be available here in February, 2015.

Other news and information

Interested in a Digital Storytelling Project at your school?

Ruch School first graders talk about their book-writing and publishing process (4-minute video)