Northwest Indiana Writing Project

Founded in 1996, the Northwest Indiana Writing Project is a site of the highly acclaimed National Writing Project (NWP), originated at the University of California, Berkeley in 1973. The National Writing Project has successfully helped teachers, K-college, improve their writing instruction. The NWIWP is a collaborative effort between PUC and public school systems in the surrounding area.

Our Mission

The NWIWP seeks to improve the writing performance of all students by fulfilling the following goals: to provide teachers with the opportunity to improve their writing instruction, professionalism, and authority; to develop better university and school staff development programs; and to encourage teachers to guide students in discovering their own authentic voices.

Participating School Systems

Lake County: School City of East Chicago, School City of Gary, School City of Hammond, School City of Hobart, School City of Whiting, School Town of Griffith, School Town of Highland, School Town of Munster, Lake Central School Corporation, Lake Ridge School Corporation, Merrillville School Corporation, Crown Point Community Schools, Lake Station Community Schools, and River Forest Community Schools.

Porter County: Boone Township, Hanover Community School Corporation, Portage Schools, Tri-Creek Community Schools, Union Township School Corporation, and Valparaiso Community Schools.

LaPorte County: LaPorte Community Schools and Michigan City Area Schools.

Jasper County: Kankakee Valley School Corporation and Rensselaer Central School Corporation.


National Writing Project, Purdue University Calumet, Indiana Department of Education, Indiana Commission of Higher Education, and Indiana Humanities Council.

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