2016 Kahani Project Presentation

The Kahani Project: Asian Indian American Storytelling
Presented by
The San Antonio Writing Project (SAWP) and
The India Association of San Antonio (IASA)
in partnership with The DoSeum

Stories bind us together and define who we are. Join this celebration of student
writers from the Asian Indian American community as they share their stories of
family and multi-cultural life.
Learn more about the Kahani Project and new international sister
the Haridwar Writing Project at Dev Sanskriti Vishwavidyalaya in
Uttarakhand, India.
Sunday, March 6, 2016
2:00 – 4:00 pm.
The DoSeum
2800 Broadway, San Antonio, TX 78209
For more information: visit our web site or email us at

2016 SAWP Summer Institute


Designed for experienced teachers across all academic disciplines from kindergarten through university level academics, the Summer Institute is an opportunity for professional growth and development, demonstration of best practices, study of theory, and personal growth through writing.

Dates:   June 6, 2016 – June 30, 2016,
Monday through Thursday
from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Where: The University of Texas at San Antonio 1604 campus

Graduate School Enrollment:
Those chosen to participate enroll in and pay for two graduate classes for the Summer Institute. Estimated cost for 6 hours (tuition and fees) is $2600. A limited number of Fellowships covering 50% of the cost will be offered.


(Applications due by April 1, 2016)

General Information:
We are pleased to announce the San Antonio Writing Project’s 10th Invitational Summer Institute, to be held on the campus of the University of Texas at San Antonio. Participation in the Summer Institute will comprise of two graduate classes, gaining participants six hours of graduate credit.

The San Antonio Writing Project (SAWP), housed in the College of Education and Human Development, Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching, is a collaborative program between the University of Texas at San Antonio, the National Writing Project, and San Antonio area schools. Not only is SAWP a vital resource for teachers and area schools in the arena of writing, but it also serves as a model of professional development and excellence, teacher leadership, and reform.

The SAWP Invitational Summer Institute is at the heart of the project, and with the experience and guidance of the National Writing Project, we can be clear about its purposes:

  • to identify successful teachers of writing across all curriculum areas in San Antonio area schools and colleges who will be effective teachers of other teachers
  • to identify approaches to the teaching of writing and the uses of writing-to-learn in all subject areas that have been successful in real classrooms, and that add to the professional’s knowledge
  • to involve teachers in their own writing so that they can better help their students
  • to examine basic issues of equity and access as they affect student learning
  • to make current research in the field available to teachers

Through the Summer Institute, SAWP will build its corps of Teacher Consultants, expand its collective knowledge, and increase its capacity to address complex issues and concerns regarding literacy in San Antonio area schools.

This year we are able to invite 15 teachers, kindergarten through university level, to the University of Texas at San Antonio campus to participate as SAWP Summer Fellows in the Invitational Summer Institute. At the end of the summer program, Fellows will be SAWP Teacher Consultants, an expanding network of exemplary San Antonio area educators.

As a SAWP Teacher Consultant, you will become part of the SAWP community–a lively, collegial network which offers resources and programs for deepening your knowledge about the teaching of writing and literacy issues, opportunities to grow as a writer, and ongoing support to realize new projects and initiatives. You will also have the opportunities to expand your role as a leader. SAWP Teacher Consultants shape and carry out all of SAWP’s work: professional development in schools, summer programs for teachers, Young Writers’ Camps, teacher research programs, Saturday Seminar sessions, special interest groups, and more.

We are seeking strong classroom teachers, school principals, and other educators who are helping students become better writers, who promote equity for all students, especially for English language learners, and who are interested in taking on leadership in the ongoing work of the San Antonio Writing Project.

We invite you to apply for the Summer Institute. Please complete the online application for the Summer Institute (see above) and by April 1, 2016 at the latest. SAWP staff will review the applications, and select a group of candidates for interviews which will take place on selected Saturdays throughout the Spring. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us or the person who nominated you.

You must also apply online to the UTSA Graduate School as a Special Graduate Student no later than April 1, 2016. Please apply as soon as possible; you do not have to wait for the deadline! The application, required materials for submission and other information can be found online at: If you have questions, please feel free to contact one of us, or the Graduate School at (210) 458-2330.

Cost for Participation:
Participants must enroll for six hours of Graduate credit with UTSA. Estimated cost of tuition and fees for 6 hours is $2600. A limited number of Fellowships covering half the tuition will be made available. Contact the Director for more information.

As the San Antonio Writing Project enters this new year, we are delighted to have teachers such as yourself nominated for SAWP’s Invitational Summer Institute. We look forward to receiving your application.


Dr. Roxanne Henkin, Director
(210) 458-5427

2016 Young Writers’ Camp

2016 Young Writers' Camp

Young Writer’s Camp is a place where emerging and fluent writers can practice and refine their writing skills, share with others, and grow as artisans and thinkers. Each day, they will investigate the art of writing, apply the craft to their own writing, and celebrate what they have done with fellow campers.

Camps are either half-day or full day and held for writers ages 9-18 (rising 4th -12th grade). All camps are held at UTSA Downtown Campus, so campers get to experience a college campus environment.

Summer 2016 Young Writer Camps Information

Session 1–June 13-17
Session 2–June 22-26

All courses taught by certified public, private, or university level teachers.

  • Course 1 for students entering grades 4 , 5, & 6
  • Course 2 for students entering grades 7 & 8
  • Course 3 for students entering grades 9-12

Choose one of the following schedules:

  • Morning Classes – 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • Afternoon Classes – 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Full-Day Classes – 8:30-3:30 p.m.
  • Half-Day Class, one-week cost: 140.00
  • Full-Day class, one-week cost 265.00

See this flyer for full information about the camp plus the mail-in registration form

Online Registration Form

Registration deadline is June 1st.

SAWP 10th Annual Teacher’s Conference — Feb. 6, 2016

SAWP 10th Annual Teacher's Conference  --  Feb. 6, 2016

The San Antonio Writing Project hosts its 10th Annual Teachers’ Conference on February 6th, 2016 at UTSA-Downtown from 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM.

dmillerThis year’s keynote speaker will be Donalyn Miller, author of The Book Whisperer.

In addition to Ms. Miller’s talk, there will be numerous break out sessions sharing effective teaching strategies for teaching writing in ELA and Content Area classrooms, Pre-K-College. Session featured books for teaching writing will also be on sale.

Attendees will earn three hours of PDC credit certified by the UTSA Academy for Teacher Excellence.

Event Information:

When– Saturday, February, 6, 2016 from 9 AM – 12:30 PM

Where: UTSA-Downtown, Riklin Auditorium (Frio St. Bldg. 1.406)

Cost: Free

Online Registration Form

Print Flier available for spreading the word!

FREE PARKING is available in the Cattleman’s Squate Lot or in Lots D1 & D2. Use unmarked spaces or numbered spaces only. Campus map.

For more information, please contact


Super Saturday on Writing Across the Curriculum–Dec. 5th, 2015

Writing Across the Curriculum

Writing Across the CurriculumLearn strategies to integrate writing in content area subjects at this SAWP Super Saturday Series Workshop on Saturday, December 5th from 9 AM -12 PM at UTSA-Downtown.

This workshop is free and available to all teachers Pre-K through the University. Attendees will receive a certificate for three hours of Professional Development Credit (PDC), certified by the UTSA Academy for Teacher Excellence.

Register HERE for the workshop.

A print flier is available for easy distribution of information on this event.

Event Information:

When: December 5, 2015 from 9 AM – 12 PM

Where: UTSA-Downtown, Buena Vista Building room 1.312

Free parking is available in the Cattleman’s Square Lot or Lots D1 & D2 under the IH-35 bridge. See this campus map for the location of available parking lots.

For more information contact




Using Mentor Texts For Integrated Reading And Writing Lessons

Using Mentor Texts For Integrated Reading And Writing Lessons


Nov. 7 SAWP Super Saturday

Dr. Troy Wilson and Sean Danweber will present a workshop on:
“Using Mentor Texts For Integrated Reading And Writing Lessons.”

This workshop will share strategies and approaches for using mentor texts within a Writer’s Workshop framework for teaching both reading and writing in an integrated, rather than separated fashion. Students learn best from learning in context, and this approach to using mentor texts helps students integrate the skills they learn into their own reading and writing.

When: November 7, 2015

Where: UTSA-Downtown, Buena Vista Building, Rm. 1.312

Time: 9 AM -12 PM

Cost: This event is free

Registration: Please click here to register to let us know you are coming.

Attendees will receive 3 hours of Professional Development Credit, certified by the University of Texas at San Antonio Academy for Teaching Excellence.

Parking: Attendees can park for free in the Cattleman’s Parking lot in unmarked parking spots. See map.

Contact for more details.

SAWP Summer Teaching Writing Institutes

room2write “Words hold magic. We activate the magic by employing language with faith and fearlessness, by accepting and encouraging the flood of words that volunteers itself when we think.”

–Tom Romano “Teaching Writing From the Inside”


NEISDThe San Antonio Writing Project will be holding a week-long workshops Aug. 3-7 for teachers from NE ISD. Similar Institutes  were held July 27-31 for Harlandale ISD and South San Antonio ISD and 8/3-8/7 for Uvalde ISD. Each Institute will focus on the fundamentals of reading-writing workshop.


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2015 SAWP Teacher Consultants

2015 SAWP Teacher Consultants

Screen Shot 2015-07-02 at 7.27.06 AM Congratulations to the class of 2015 San Antonio Writing Project teacher consultants! These teachers have just completed four weeks of learning and sharing together.

New Teacher Consultants include: Rachel Johnson, Thandiwi Dlodlo, Mary Francine Danis, Wendi Sisneros, Kelli Bippert, Kathy Puente, Cindy Zaldivar, Angelo Caverte, Raquel Cataldo, Cynthia Tamez, Phillip Twining, Lisa Goldstein, Sasha Jaramillo, Gracie Lopez-DeLeon, and Tim Smith, and Melinda Clark.

2015 Write for Texas Summer Institute: Demonstration Read-to-Write Project for Content Area Learning

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Description: This session will explore a demonstration “read-to-write” and “write-to-learn” module for teachers. The module asks grades 6 to 9 science students to explore and learn about invasive species and their harmful effects through reading and writing with an expository writing piece as an end product.

Morning Session (8:30 AM to 11:15 AM)

Presenter: Lennie Irvin – San Antonio Writing Project (UT San Antonio)
Co-Presenter(s): Joni Koehler – San Antonio Writing Project (UT San Antonio)
Room: San Marcos Room


  • Content Area
  • Writing Process
  • Expository Text
  • Text Type/Structure
  • Reading Strategies

Composing Groups

Group 1 Group 2 Group 3 Group 4
Group 5 Group 6 Group 7 Group 8      Group 9

Module Handout
Presentation PPT
Content Area Rubric for Expository Writing
Report Template Document
The Learning Design Collaborative

2015 ATE Summer Bridge Institute

2015 ATE Summer Bridge Institute

aterobotics The San Antonio Writing Project will present at the Academy for Teacher Excellence Summer Bridge Institute June 10th on using notebooks with Robotics Clubs and in STEM-focused classrooms. Why use notebooks? How can notebooks be used and structured? What are some specific activities and entry-types for notebooks? Below are resources from this presentation by Dr. L. Lennie Irvin, Associate Professor of English from San Antonio College and Co-Director of the San Antonio Writing Project.

Presentation handout
Write for San Antonio Resource Site on Notebooking