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A Member of the National Writing Project

     The Blackwater Writing Project is a site of the National Writing Project (NWP), a nation-wide network of school/university programs dedicated to improving the teaching of writing in K-college classrooms. The NWP network currently boasts over 175 active sites in the United States and foreign countries. The National Writing Project is grant-funded through the Federal Department of Education.

Our Mission

     To become the nation's leading provider of professional development for teachers across grade levels and subject areas. Our motto is "teachers teaching teachers" to use writing as a learning tool to improve literacy for students, teachers, parents, and administrators.

BWP Profile

     The BWP is housed within the Valdosta State University English Department, and in collaboration with the VSU College of Education, we create a space for experienced, highly recommended teachers in thirteen counties of the regional area to teach and learn from each other about writing for both personal and professional reasons. After intense leadership training, those teachers (called Teacher Consultants or TCs) are available to create professional workshops for school systems who wish to improve their literacy rates with limited budgets in mind.

     The National Writing Project began in 1975 with 25 teachers from various grade levels in the bay area of California. Since then, it has trained teachers and reached millions of students.

Here are a few of many quotes from local teachers who have attended the BWP:

The director of the BWP is Donna Sewell.