Young Writer’s Camp @ Mission San Jose

Young Writer's Camp @ Mission San Jose


San Antonio Missions National Historical Park Young Writer’s Camp invites students entering grades 4-6 to Walk in the Footsteps of History in the historic setting of Mission San Jose.

The San Antonio Writing Project and its experienced teachers offer students a unique experience to:

  • Grow their writer’s craft
  • Enjoy nature
  • Perform theater arts
  • Create visual arts
  • Meet a local author
  • and delight in everything the site has to offer!

The camp runs July 20-24th and meets 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM at Mission San Jose.

For a registration form and more information on the camp, please download the following flier:

Mission Camp Registration form (in English)

Contact us at for more information.

  • Enrollment is limited.
  • Campers will receive an email confirmation and a letter that includes more detailed information about the camp.
  • Students will celebrate their writing and other projects on Friday, July 24th with parents and friends invited.

2015 Cuentos Project Celebration

2015 Cuentos Project Celebration

Screen Shot 2015-04-03 at 11.17.59 AM May 3rd from 1-3, join the San Antonio Writing Project for an afternoon of “cuentos.” Come share and hear family stories from that writers in classrooms around San Antonio have written this past year. The event will be held at UTSA-Downtown in the Rilkin Auditorium.

Free parking available at the Cattleman’s parking lot in any undesignated spots. See this flier for more information about the event.

Also, visit our webpage with more complete information about the Cuentos Project. This is the ninth year that the San Antonio Writing Project has sponsored this project in San Antonio area schools.

2015 SAWP Invitational Summer Institute

sawpsi2015 The San Antonio Writing Project’s 9th Summer Institute begins June 8th and runs through July 2nd and is held at the main campus of UTSA. This year we have fifteen participants, including a teacher from South Africa.

See this information page to learn more about the Summer Institute experience and how to apply.

Missions Camp Writing Marathon

Missions Camp Writing Marathon

Screen Shot 2015-03-12 at 11.54.57 AM You are invited May 2nd 10 AM – 1 PM to enjoy a day of history and writing at the San Antonio Missions. Join the San Antonio Writing Project and other interested writers and the public to walk from the Mission Branch Library to Mission San Jose.  This event supports the Summer 2015 Missions Young Writer’s Camp for 3rd – 5th graders. The suggested donation is $10 per participant. See this flier for complete information or email Cathy Whitlow:

Participants will walk approximately 2 miles and are encouraged to bring writing materials because you will participate in a “Writing Marathon.”

What is a Writing Marathon?
You may have visions of 26.2 miles, a lot of pain, and then some writing. No no. Writing Marathons are inspired by Natalie Goldberg’s book Writing Down the Bones. See this description of Writing Marathon’s from Sean Madden.

Writing Marathons are events to write freely and to be inspired by place. Writing Projects and other groups have held them around the country for many years. Typically, writing marathons begin at a particular location and participants then wander and write, exploring and enjoying the space they are in. Then, after a certain time period, marathoners reconvene to share some of what they have written.

Consider it a day to be outside, to write freely, be inspired by a beautiful place, and be around friends and other writers.

SAWP has a NEW Website!

SAWP has a NEW Website!

RomoUTSA We are all celebrating the new SAWP website. Hurrah! Although still under construction, the website is ready for prime time. Miss the old website? For a short time, you can still view the old website. If you have any difficulties navigating or finding any information on the website, email the website editor, Lennie Irvin, at llirvin AT (

Kahani Project

Kahani Project

Screen Shot 2015-03-22 at 11.09.54 AM On April 11th, the India Association of San Antonio in collaboration with The UTSA San Antonio Writing Project invites children of Asian Indian origin to participate in the 2015 Kahani Project. The event will start at at 4PM at the IASA Community Center. For information, see this flier.

Summer 2015 Young Writer’s Camps

Summer 2015 Young Writer's Camps

writing-wordle-e1401706893531  The San Antonio Writing Project offers multiple camps for young writers ages 9-17 (4th -12th grades). Session 1 runs June 15-19 and Session 2 June 22-26. At these week-long half day or full day camps, youth get to have fun with writing and grow as writers. For more information about this summers camps and how to register, visit the SAWP Young Writer’s Camps page or view this flier. The registration deadline is June 5th.

SAWP February Teacher Conference–2/7

SAWP February Teacher Conference--2/7


Dr. Jerry Harste will be the keynote speaker at this year’s SAWP February Teacher Conference (more about Dr. Harste). The conference will be held Saturday, February 7th from 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM at UTSA-Downtown.

In addition to Dr. Harste’s keynote address, SAWP Teacher Consultants will share presentations of effective lessons and strategies for teaching writing.

This conference is free, and participants will receive three hours of PDC credit certified by the Academy for Teaching Excellence at UTSA.

Location: UTSA-Downtown Campus, Rilkin Auditorium, Frio St. Bldg. 1.406 (FS 1.406).

Online Registration available: Registration Form 

Free Parking available in the Cattleman’s Square Lot in unmarked spaces.
See campus map.

Download Flier for the event.