Who We Are and What We Offer

What is the Central Connecticut Student Writing Project?

  • The CCSWP is a summer writing institute designed for students in grades 4-12 who have a passion for creative writing. The institute is designed to help students create authentic, organic, dynamic narratives that come from within. When we say that we teach students to "write from the inside out," we mean that we do not force our students into any formulas or templates. Instead, we give students the tools necessary discover the stories and poems within themselves, and help them find their authorial voices.
  • The CCSWP has its own unique curriculum that has been nationally recognized. We were invited to present our work at the 2012 National Council of Teachers of English conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • Here is a brief history of the CCSWP
    • The first institute opened in the summer of 2007. The 2015 institute will be our 9th.
    • More than 200 students have taken part in CCSWP institutes in New Britain, East Hartford, Wethersfield, and Deep River.
    • The CCSWP has published 8 anthologies. These anthologies are available from www.amazon.com and availible in both print and Kindle versions. Our latest and future anthologies will all be professionally printed and bound paperbacks.
    • CCSWP students have made over 8000 edits to this very wikispace since 2007
    • The CCSWP has welcomed students from Hartford, East Hartford, New Hartford, New Britain, Glastonbury, North Granby, Simsbury, Suffield, Enfield, Harwinton, East Lyme, Old Lyme, Deep River, North Haven, Haddam, Avon, West Hartford, Manchester, Marlborough, Farmington, Windsor, Rocky Hill, Barkhamstead, Berlin, Portland, Plainville, Storrs, Cheshire, Newington, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and South Korea.

What does the CCSWP offer?

  • A comprehensive curriculum designed by writers and teachers that focuses on organic writing development. This curriculum also address several of the new Common Core writing and reading standards for grades 4-12.
  • A staff of certified instructional supervisors who have all taken part in the four-week Central Connecticut Writing Project summer institute (a branch of the National Writing Project).
  • A chance for students to become a part of a growing community of student writers from throughout Central Connecticut.
  • An opportunity to be published online and in print.

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