About Indiana Writing Project
THE INDIANA WRITING PROJECT, housed at Ball State University, has a long and distinguished history of promoting the best possible writing instruction in Indiana's elementary, secondary, and post-secondary schools.
"No matter what, have them write every day."
- Katie Wood Ray
THE INDIANA WRITING PROJECT (IWP) is administered through Ball State University's English Department and funded through the generous support of Ball State and the National Writing Project. IWP has been recognized by the Indiana State Legislature for its work in helping teachers improve student writing performance.
The Indiana Writing Project, founded on March 6, 1986, was Indiana's first site of the National Writing Project. Currently, there are six National Writing Project affiliate sites in Indiana, forming the Indiana Network. IWP shares the 50-state National Writing Project program model: teachers teaching teachers is the most powerful form of professional development.
Every summer, IWP sponsors the Invitational Leadership Institute (ILI), an event we sometimes also refer to as Summer Institute. ILI is a professional development experience at the core of our model of teachers teaching teachers. At the Institute, participants reflect critically on their teaching while developing as writers themselves. Participants return to their classrooms in the fall energized and able to offer a wider repertoire of writing experiences for their students.
Participants (or fellows) can then become Teacher Consultants able to give workshops and inservice professional development on a variety of topics. These workshops bring the benefits of the Writing Project to other teachers across the state.