UC Merced Writing Project

UC Merced Writing Project

Dr. Pauline Sahakian

5200 North Lake Road Merced

For more information call:(209) 381-6559

See our website at: - - - -http://writingproject.ucmerced.edu/

The UC Merced Writing Project, or "UCMWP", is a collaborative program of the University of California, Merced, and Merced County school districts, dedicated to improving writing and the teaching of writing at all grade levels and in all disciplines.

The UCMWP works as a growing network of exemplary classroom teachers, kindergarten through university, who conduct professional development programs for teachers and administrators and engage in their own professional development through continued reading, writing, and research.

The UCMWP is considered a site of the California Writing Project and an affiliate of the National Writing Project. Teachers who attend our programs find that our professional development model of “teachers teaching teachers” provides hands-on experiences focused on building teacher knowledge and valuing teacher expertise.

Providing ongoing professional development in literacy and the teaching of writing for student success is the sole goal of the WritingProject. The UCMWP believes that knowing how to write well — to express, explain, argue — is a powerful predictor of success not only in college but also in the world of work. This belief has long been corroborated by researchers in both academic and public forums and served as the impetus for the birth of the National Writing Project which grew out of the 1974 Bay Area Writing Project in Berkeley.