Current Events and Announcements


Remixing Frankenstein—Performing Meaning in the 21st Century
Announcing a summer fellowship for secondary teachers interested in exploring 21st century literacies through performance and the teaching of literature (open to teachers of all disciplines). Accepted teachers receive $1,000 stipend for full participation. Read more . . .

For more information please contact: Erick Gordon @

Attention all writers, beginning and experienced!

The Pima Writers’ Workshop, May 29-June 1, offers opportunities to talk and consult with professional writers and agents, as well as to write.

$150 (includes manuscript consultation)


Like summer camp for AP English teachers! (Opportunity)

Dear AP English Teacher,

The College Board Advanced Placement (AP) Program is recruiting High School Teachers and College Faculty to serve as AP Readers for AP English Language at the June 2014 Reading (...and for subsequent years). Read more...

 Check out two blog posts about the recent 

Smarty Gras at PCC by Diane Drury
Smarty Gras: PCC Spring Writing Professional Development Day
by Anthony T. Sovak, "Build Soil"

SAWP is now accepting
Invitational Summer Institute applications via email!

EMail completed application to:
Dr. Flory Simon, Director, Southern Arizona Writing Project

Good news! Norah Booth (Summer Institute, 2008) wrote an
interview of Alberto Rios that has been published in Poets & Authors!

Q&A: Ríos Named Arizona Poet Laureate

Who we are

The Southern Arizona Writing Project (SAWP) works in collaboration with the University of Arizona Department of English and the College of Humanities, and K-16 writing teachers of southern Arizona

The Southern Arizona Writing Project (SAWP) is an approved affiliate of the National Writing Project, and an authorized program of the No Child Left Behind Act. As an affiliate of the National Writing Project we join a network of over 200 sites across the country and around the world seeking to improve the teaching of writing from kindergarten through university.  SAWP represents a five-county area spanning the entire Arizona-Mexico border, making it a unique site in this network.

Our Mission
SAWP believes in the power of writing.  For this reason, we are committed to improving the teaching of writing and critical thinking in schools and communities. Since our inception in 1978, over five hundred Arizona teachers have attended the SAWP Summer Institute—an exciting and energizing workshop during which teachers engage in research and professional development pertaining to writing instruction.  Teacher Consultants who graduate from our institute conduct teacher workshops statewide, infusing the knowledge and excitement gained in the Institute, and multiplying the effect of the “teachers teaching teachers” model of the National Writing Project. 
The goals of SAWP are as follows: 
  • To improve student writing and learning in K-16 classrooms
  • To transmit a passion for the art of writing 
  • To extend the uses of writing in all disciplines 
  • To strengthen collaboration between K-12 schools and higher education 
  • To identify and support exemplary teachers and develop teacher leaders
  • To celebrate and enhance the teaching profession 
  • To support teachers as writers themselves

Click below to view a 20-minute YouTube video on SAWP: