Photos from the 2019 Connecticut Student Writers Recognition Night

On May 16, 2019 at the Jorgensen Center for Performing Arts at UConn-Storrs, over 600 students and teachers were honored. Acclaimed children's book author Suzy Kline, writer of the Horrible Harry and Herbie Jones book series, gave a keynote speech that encouraged the young writers to collect stories from their everyday lives. One student from each grade read their piece for the audience of over 1,500 people! Check back here frequently for details about next year's Connecticut Student Writers contest!

CWP News and Updates

  • CWP Director Jason Courtmanche interviewed by Neag School of Ed
    As part of the Neag School of Education’s 10 Question Series, director of the Connecticut Writing Project, Jason Courtmanche, discusses his time serving in various positions at UConn, his passion for teaching, and gives advice for writers and teachers.  Check out the full interview here!
    Posted on August 31, 2018

RSS The Write Space

  • I and the Academic Essay May 1, 2019
    I too used to mercilessly circle and X out every I, we, and you.  But I have long-since come to advocate for being more lax about the use of first- and second-person pronouns.However, the issue, for me, is bigger than merely the prohibition of pronouns.  It has to do with how we conceptualize academic writing […]
    Jason Courtmanche

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Announcing Results of the 2019 CT Student Writers Contest!

This year, the Connecticut Writing Project received over 1,800 submissions of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and art from student writers from all over CT for the Connecticut Student Writers Contest. These submissions were reviewed by volunteer teachers from across the state and the results are in!

Follow the links for lists of:  2019 Published Authors 2019 Published Art 2019 Honorable Mentions 2019 Honored Teachers

Thank you to all students who participated and to the parents and teachers who facilitated these submissions. It is people like you that make this program thrive and we hope you all participate in the contest in future years!



Apply to participate in the 2019 Summer Institute!
Application deadline March 18, 2019

Every year since 1982, the CWP has invited outstanding teachers from all disciplines and levels of instruction to participate in a Summer Invitational Institute on the UConn-Storrs campus. This Summer Institute provides teachers with the opportunity to study current composition theories, to share their expertise, and to compile their own original writing portfolio. As a 2019 Summer Institute fellow, you will revise writing in response groups, share knowledge with teachers of all grade levels, conduct graduate level research on a chosen topic, present a workshop, build leadership skills, and grow as a teacher and writer.

Participants will receive an Aetna Fellowship which will cover the majority of tuition and fees for six graduate credits in English or a $500 stipend. 

For more information: https://cwp.uconn.edu/summer-institute/



Letters About Literature

In collaboration with the Neag School of Education, the Connecticut Writing Project will be sponsoring this year's Library of Congress' Letters About Literature.

The deadline is January 11, 2019.

More info to come! Contact Jason at jason.courtmanche@uconn.edu.

You can also download the flier below.

LAL Flier

This is a reading and writing contest for students in grades 4-12 who are asked to read a book, poem, or speech and write to the author, living or dead, about how the book affected them personally. This contest is made possible by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and support by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.

Announcing the winners of the 2018 Teacher-Consultant Writing Contest!

Thank you to all the Teacher-Consultants who submitted to the 2018 contest. The results are in! The winners in the following categories are: Poetry—“Farmer’s Almanac” by Joan Muller, Nonfiction—“Beyond Words" by Ann Policelli Cronin, and Fiction—"Ouroboros" by Sophie Buckner. To see what pieces were awarded honorable mentions and a list of past winners, go to https://cwp.uconn.edu/tc-writing.

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