The San Antonio Writing Project

SAWP News & Calendar


–Feb. 2
Community Workshop

–Mar. 24
Book lunch

–April 1
Summer Institute applications due

–April 7
Summer Institute interviews

–May 3
Pre-Institute Meeting

–June 9-July 10
2008 Summer Institute


SAWP gets refunded for another year from NWP!!!
–posted March 14, 2008

Book Discussion date changed to 3/24/08 5:30-7:00 UTSA
–posted March 14, 2008

Deadline for Summer Institute Applications extended
to April 1, 2008
–posted March 14, 2008

Grant funding comes through for South Africa teachers
Funds were secured to support three teachers from South Africa to join this summer’s Summer Institute
–posted March 14, 2008

SAWP Feb. 2 Conference in the news
–see UTSA Today article
–posted Feb. 1, 2008

Announcing the SAWP Cuentos Project
–a project to have San Antonio area teachers get their students to tell their family stories
–for more details
–posted Feb. 1, 2008

Notes from the Visioning and Leadership Retreat–Oct. 6
Read notes
–posted Oct. 22, 2007

SAWP News and Announcements—Aug. 2007
–posted Aug. 18

Recharge Your Inspiration—Be Extraordinary!
Watch the movie that Nora and her son put together on the 2007 Summer Institute. It is inspirational and will make you feel ready to tackle the new semester!

Continuity Meetings
—Fall Retreat: Sat. Oct. 6 
Mark your calendars to come to our Fall Retreat.  We will meet from 9 AM – 4 PM for fun, sharing and important planning for what our site will do for the coming year.  We will be meeting at Macarthur High School  (thanks to Katherine Willis!)

December Meeting: Dec. 1
We will meet 9 AM- 12 PM at UTSA for our second continuity meeting.

Summer Report
We had a great Summer Institute this summer. Welcome to eleven more members to our group:
Ruben Cantu
Robert Caldwell
Nancy Gregory
Jennifer Hall
Kalpana Iyengar
Joni Koehler
Sheryll Putnam
Irene Rendon
Erlinda Reyes
Kim Ramsey Palmer (formerly Saxon)
Katherine Willis
You can see pictures and the 2007 Summer Institute Anthology at

We also conducted two Young Writer’s Camps for the Good Samaritan Center again this year. Jeanette Pierce and Pete Trevino worked with high school students on college application essay writing.  Mary Ellen Galloway and Therese Fleming got some middle schoolers fired up about writing hero stories. 

Shannon Blady lead a week long Open Institute for twenty Northeast ISD teachers on the teacher as writer.  Shannon reports that the Institute was well attended, and the teachers who attended had a good experience. 

ALLSAWP Email List
Everyone is now on the allsawp email list. We have 35 members on this list.  Any message sent to this address will go to all 35 of us, so it is a good way to share information and news.

San Antonio Writing Project Directory
We are working on putting together the current SAWP directory.  Please look at the information on this draft of the directory sent via email and send any corrections or missing information to Lennie at llirvin AT gmail DOT com. If you are not getting emails on the allsawp list, let us know also.


Fall Open Institute at Southside ISD
We are working on an interesting “Saturdays” Open Institute with SISD that you might want to peak at. Look it over and see if you might be able to promote a similar type of Open Institute for your school or School District (
Although this Open Institute is focusing on writing and content learning, this framework for a series of three Saturday sessions could be adapted toward many different topics.  Lennie and Roxanne will be happy to come talk to any administrator you get enthusiastic about this kind of Open Institute. And remember to mention that Title II funds available for professional development under the No Child Left Behind Act can be used to pay for any training we do (as a part of NWP).

NWP Annual Meeting in New York—Nov. 15-16
The Annual Meeting is in New York this year at the same time as NCTE. 

NWP Website Revision
NWP revised their website. The address no longer works through but only works though

Book Club?
Is anyone interested in maybe reading a book together this Fall?  I was thinking about the new NWP book Writing for a Change:

Congratulations to Pete on his new arrival!!!
Alana Raquel  Trevino was born at 4:39pm on Thursday, July 26

Social Gathering?
I’ve daydreamed about a b-b-q or some kind of informal social gathering. Is anyone interested in getting together just to eat, chat, and laugh? Any ideas about where to meet?

Other Announcements or Ideas?
If you have some other announcements or ideas please post them to the allsawp AT email list.


2007 Summer Institute
2007 Summer Institute begins June 4th! Check out the site logging this years SI. We have twelve new Fellows going through the program.
–posted 6/1/07

Summer 2007 In-Service Programs
SAWP has three in-service programs schedules for this summer. Contact the director, Roxanne Henkin, for more information.

Good Samaritan Center Young Writer’s Camps
June 25-29 and July 9-13 for High Schoolers in the Modelo Program
July 30-Aug. 3 for Middle Schoolers

Southside ISD Open Institute–July 30-Aug.3

Northeast ISD Writer as Teacher Open Institute
— July 30-Aug.3

–posted 6/1/07

 View the blog post by Miguel Guhlin, Director of Instructional Technology Services for San Antonio ISD, and hear a podcast interview with Dr. Roxanne Henkin, about the San Antonio Writing Project.
–posted 3/7/07

Feedback on Showcasing Writing Across the Curriculum
The Saturday workshop attracted 135 local teachers! It was a fabulous event with a thought-provoking and surprising talk from Gretchen Bernabei who challenged us all to publish our teaching ideas and stories. The response from those who attended was overwhelmingly positive, and the evaluations had many good ideas to improve the event for the future.
–posted 2/10/07

Showcasing Writing Across the Curriculum
SAWP will be hosting a community event showcasing a number of teaching demonstrations to help teachers incorporate writing effectively into their curriculum.

The event will be at the downtown UTSA Campus on Saturday February 3rd from 8:30-12:30, and it will feature Gretchen Bernabei as the keynote speaker. See this link for more information.
–posted 12/21/06

NWP Annual Meeting Highlights–Nov. 2006

Writing for a Change By Richard Sterling
Executive Director Richard Sterling celebrates the efforts of NWP “to bring writing from behind its invisibility cloak.”
Unchanging Principles and Practices for Change
By Sheridan Blau
The director of the South Coast Writing Project discusses how the NWP is a powerful agent for change.
Living in the Age of Accountability (PDF)
By Laura Stokes of Inverness Research Associates
Researcher Laura Stokes demonstrates NWP’s effectiveness.
Writing Prompt: Why I Stayed in Education
This year’s writing prompt at the General Session produced some moving and inspiring responses.

Nov. 4, 2006

Our next Continuity meeting will be held on Saturday morning Nov. 4. at UTSA. We will mostly be discussing the February event we are planning for the community.