Sunday, April 14, 2024
CRWP 2018 Cohort

Summer Institute

Teachers who apply to participate in the Chippewa River Writing Project’s Summer Institute participate in reading and writing groups, and share their teaching practices with a group of supportive colleagues. Over the course of the summer, participants learn a variety of strategies for integrating writing into their classroom instruction. Since 2009, we have served hundreds […]

Beaver Island

Professional Development

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The Chippewa River Writing Project (CRWP), as a site of the National Writing Project (NWP) at Central Michigan University, will further the mission of both organizations by improving the teaching and learning of writing in Michigan’s schools and local communities. CMU faculty and local teachers involved in the CRWP will focus outreach activities in mid- and northern Michigan that support the teaching and learning of writing.

Since our founding in 2009, we have developed relationships with teachers and schools that will support quality writing instruction and, in turn, will better prepare our students for college, work, and community service. Specific opportunities vary based on faculty and teacher interests and the site’s capacity, yet we strive to strengthen CMU’s Public Engagement and External Partnerships efforts; invite local teachers – many of whom are CMU alumni – back for graduate course work, compete for additional grant and foundation monies; and increase CMU presence in local, state, and national conversations about the teaching of English language arts.

What We Believe

The CRWP believes in

  • Teachers teaching teachers: Our best learning happens when we learn from each other.
  • Continuous learning: Teachers want to keep learning.
  • Nurturing our writing lives: Teachers of writing need time and space to practice writing for themselves and others.
  • Collaboration and connection: We are better together.
  • Advocacy: Teachers are experts and should be encouraged to advocate for effective and authentic practices in the classroom.
  • Going public with our practices: Teachers grow in their expertise when they share their practices with others in small spaces or in large conferences.

Teachers are at the center of CRWP’s work.

What We Do


  • Supports teachers in writing and leadership institutes remotely, on the campus of CMU, and at the CMU Biological Station on Beaver Island.
  • Delivers professional development in local school districts.
  • Facilitates continual learning for teachers through book clubs, writing groups, and continuity events.
  • Mentors teachers to present at local, state, and national conferences.
  • Advocates for authentic and effective writing instruction in our schools.
  • Features teachers as writers on the CRWP Blog, in print and online articles, and in submissions to peer-reviewed journals.

Contact CRWP Director Troy Hicks to learn more.


On the Teachers as Writers Blog

CRWP Teacher Spotlight: Andy Schoenborn

In his own words… We asked Andy about the impact of the CRWP, his advice for new teachers, and his current work as a writer. Here is what he had to say. On the impact of the CRWP in his teaching and writing life…In my 13 years with the Chippewa River Writing Project, many significant […]

Dave Stuart Jr Visits with CRWP Book Club

As part of the Chippewa River Writing Project’s on-going book club discussions, we were pleased to welcome fellow Michigan educator and Lake Michigan Writing Project teacher consultant — as well as best-selling author and international speaker — Dave Stuart Jr.  Stuart joined book club members to discuss ideas from his book These 6 Things: How […]

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