Greater Madison Writing Project

The Greater Madison Writing Project (GMWP) at UW–Madison is an affiliate of the National Writing Project (NWP) , a nationally acclaimed professional learning community that puts educators’ knowledge, experience, and voices at its center. GMWP offers both professional development for educators as well as enrichment opportunities for children and young adult writers. GMWP is a joint effort between the College of Letters & Science and the School of Education.

Our Vision

“Lead an education revolution through writing where teachers are at the center and students are at the heart of every classroom, school and district in our nation.”

Our Mission

“Serve as a professional home that nurtures, inspires and empowers educators to be engaged writers, researchers, leaders and activists in their schools and communities so they will nurture, inspire and empower students to be writers, researchers, leaders and activists themselves.”

Our Beliefs

  • We believe that educators are experts, and inspired and empowered educators can change the world.
  • We believe in writing as a reflective and creative practice that is essential to having voice in one’s life.
  • We believe all people can learn and that all learners deserve an engaging and enriching education.
  • We believe educators are lifelong learners.
  • We believe in a holistic approach to education that considers the whole person.

Core Values

  • Imagination and Creativity
  • Passion and Optimism
  • Diversity and Equity
  • Mentorship and Collaboration

Greater Madison Writing Project on Medium

GMWP instructors and facilitators share their thoughts and reflections on Medium.

GMWP Sticker and markers


If you have questions about Greater Madison Writing Project, please email Greater Madison Writing Project Director Mark Dziedzic at

Greater Madison Writing Project Events

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All of our virtual programs will be running as planned. We are following UW–Madison campus policy regarding in-person program cancellations. Please check the UW-Madison COVID-19 website for updates. 

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June 2021

Nature Writing Camp (Online)

June 28 @ 9:00 am CDT - July 2 @ 11:00 am CDT
Nature Writing Camp participants at Olbrich Gardens

The natural world has been an inspiration to writers since the beginning of time. Join us for a week that allows our surroundings to motivate our writing! Wherever you are, we will learn more about…

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July 2021

Graphic Novel Writing (Online)

July 19 @ 9:30 am CDT - July 22 @ 12:00 pm CDT
A child creating a graphic novel

KaBOOM!!! Calling all Tween/Teen Graphic Novelists! If you love graphic novels and are a motivated artist who wants to draw all week, this is the writing camp for you! BAM!!! Draw interesting characters and tell…

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August 2021

Rise Up & Write (Online)

August 3 @ 1:00 pm CDT - August 12 @ 3:30 pm CDT

Use your voice. Change the world. Join other passionate young writers and activists to use writing to create change on the issues that matter to you. Participants will connect with empowering facilitators, meet new friends,…

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