About Us

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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, and we strive to:

  • strengthen CMU’s partnership efforts;
  • invite local teachers – many of whom are CMU alumni – back for graduate course work and professional development
  • compete for additional grant and foundation monies; and
  • increase CMU presence in local, state, and national conversations about the teaching of English language arts.

Summer Institute

Teachers who apply to participate in the Chippewa River Writing Project’s Summer Institute have participated in a variety of face-to-face and online formats over 15 years in order to practice the art of writing, 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 offered summer institutes serving more than 70 teachers as well as numerous open institutes.

Beaver Island

Since 2016, educators from across Michigan districts have participated in a week-long, intensive workshop at Central Michigan University’s Biological Station on Beaver Island, taking advantage of the island’s unique biodiversity to explore language arts, science, and the arts.

Professional Development

Teachers who complete the summer institute are eligible to become “teacher consultants” for CRWP. In this role, they lead presentations at conferences and conduct PD workshops for their peers around the state of Michigan. Since 2009, we have delivered thousands of contact hours of PD to hundreds of teachers in mid-Michigan and beyond.


After they participate in an invitational summer institute, Chippewa River Writing Project teacher consultants meet through a variety of continuity events. From opportunities to socialize and write to showcases of teacher research, CRWP participants find chances to reconnect with one another, share their writing, and celebrate teaching.

CRWP’s Future

To support the work of CRWP, please consider making a donation through CMU Giving.

As our work continues to evolve, we are pleased to partner with our colleagues at The Literacy Center at CMU in order to offer summer and school year opportunities for teachers.

CRWP also continues to seek opportunities to partner with community stakeholders and develop innovative literacy programs.

Please contact our director, Troy Hicks, with questions that you might have about CRWP professional development opportunities.

Learn more about the CRWP and our home on the campus of Central Michigan University with our interactive StoryMap below.

Updated: April 28, 2024

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