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Kids WritingWelcome to the UCLA Writing Project, a site of the California Writing Project and National Writing Project since 1977. We work with teachers of all disciplines and levels, helping them not only to expand their repertoires as teachers but also as writers. We believe that all -- teachers and students --can become good writers and experience the satisfaction of capturing thoughts in just the right words.  

As you navigate our website, you'll see programs that range from a focus on enhancing the abilities of English learners, to assessing student writing, differentiating instruction and leveraging the particular talents Los Angeles area students bring to the classroom.


Featured Programs for Teachers

Summer Invitational Institute 2014

June 23 - July 17, 2014

Monday - Thursday 9am-3:30pm

Calling all teachers who want to fine-tune their teaching of writing. The UCLA Writing Project invites you to apply for this Summer Invitational Institute where you’ll find like-minded teachers demonstrating successful teaching practices, expanding their repertoires, and engaging in their own writing. In addition, we’ll weave technology into the routines of our time together. Social studies, science, mathematics, world language teachers, and all teachers of English learners – this project is definitely for you too!  Read more...

- Click here for the Summer Invitational Institute Flyer.



Supplement, Not Supplant: Integrating iPad Into Your Daily Lesson Plans

July 14 - 16, 2014, 9:00AM - 1:00PM
Fee — $240
Instructor: David Lopez
A three day workshop for grade K-12 teachers

New to iPad in your classroom? Looking for ways to digitize your existing lessons and projects? Meet classroom teachers who have successfully integrated iPad technology in a seamless and authentic manner.

Bring your iPad and your iTunes account information. Free apps will be highlighted. Paid apps will be suggested.

>> Click here to register and pay by credit card or e-check.



For Students

UCLA Writing Project-Korea Daily Essay Competition

Saturday, July 26, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM

The UCLA Writing Project-Korea Daily Essay Competition is an essay writing event hosted by UCLA and co-sponsored by the UCLA Writing Project and the Korea Daily. This competition is an excellent opportunity for students from grades 3-12 to develop and hone their writing skills in a wonderful academic setting. No need for students to enter a test situation where everyone sits in silence, receives a writing topic, an amount of time, then “ready, set, start!” Rather, UCLA Writing Project teachers will create a rich environment for students to read an engaging text, talk about it with peers and teacher, then begin drafting. We expect that participating students will enjoy this literacy experience and grow as writers in the process.  The grade bands are for entering 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, and 9-12. 

Korea Daily is handling registration and payments.  
Fees & Payment:   Student Application:

Writing in the Middle

July 7 - 18, 2014, 9:00AM - 1:00PM
grades 7 - 8 — $520
Instructor: Norma Mota-Altman
Middle school? That interesting space between childhood and adolescence, that roller-coaster of emotions. Middle school years are a time for wondering about the world and searching for personal identity. During this institute, you will read both literary and non-fiction texts and explore a variety of genres. You’ll read and write to discover your own identity as individuals, and as writers. We welcome students who are eager to explore who they are and who they hope to become!

>> Click here to register and pay by credit card or e-check.

Writing the College Application Personal Essay

July 21 - 25, 2014, 9:00AM - 12:00PM
grade 12 — $400
Instructors: Jennifer Pust
Hello soon-to-be twelfth grader! Are you thinking about that personal statement your colleges of choice are asking you to write? Perfect timing— but don’t wait too long! Get started this summer. In this workshop, you’ll try your hand at a variety of application topics, explore the role of style (not just what you say but how you say it), and analyze sample personal statements. You’ll draft, share, revise, edit. After the week-long session, you’ll have two months to choose your colleges, find out what their essay topics are, and begin to write. Our October follow-up sessions will be 45-minute one-on-one conferences.

>> Click here to register and pay by credit card or e-check.

For Students Entering Transitional Kindergarten - 6th Grade

UCLA Young Scholars Summer Program 2014


JULY 7-25, 2014

Nora Sterry Elementary School

Registration is open!
Click here for more information.

The Young Scholars Program, in collaboration with UCLA Lab School, will engage students in hands-on learning that promotes critical thinking, academic enrichment and social development. Most important, they will have fun!

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