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History of the Daytona Beach Writing Project

History of the Daytona Beach Writing Project:

In February of 2011, Bethune-Cookman University was awarded a grant to become the first National Writing Project site on the Florida East Coast. The university became one of two established NWP sites in the state and joins a professional network of over 200 sites on college campuses in the United States and the Virgin Islands.

The NWP is a professional network of teachers under the Department of Education who come together to share ideas for improving the instruction of writing. Local teachers and university faculty are invited to participate in both summer and year-around programs focused on improving student writing through a teachers-teaching- teachers model.

The School of Arts and Humanities sponsors the university’s site with Ms. Mary Corliss as director and Dr. Kathy Holt as co-director. Dr. Jan Holston serves as director of communication and community programs, and Ms. Leah Paul serves as director of technology and high school programs.


The Daytona Beach Writing Project hosts a Summer Institute, an invitational four-week workshop in July and August, which provides intensive research, exploration, and development of the best practices in writing and writing instruction. Participants study successful classroom strategies for teaching writing, read and discuss research, and improve their knowledge of writing by writing extensively themselves. Participants from the university and local k-12 schools are eligible to earn graduate credit from Bethune-Cookman University upon completion of the institute.

For an ISI application, please go to www.daytonabeachwritingproject.org.  Information about Saturday Seminars and other DBWP activities is available at this website as well.

Please visit www.nwp.org for more information about the National Writing Project.

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