Teacher consultant Spotlight

TC Melissa Ligh and her students have an important message about steretypes. Students use spoken word poetry to share their sentiments in a video called You Don't Know Me. Check it out here:


All July and August summer camps at UNC Charlotte have been cancelled. Please visit this site in the fall for updates about youth events.

The Writing Project is committed to providing summer writing instruction for students of all backgrounds. Please consider donating to a scholarship fund to a deserving child to Young Writers Camp.

Children and teens attending Young Writers Camp will have the opportunity to grow as writers and global citizens. The goal is to inspire aspiring authors to use writing and other forms of communication to speak against injustice, share passions, and write about topics students choose for themselves. Led by licensed teachers, campers will read age-appropriate mentor texts and receive instruction on key elements of writing, including voice, evidence, characterization, and style.

Young Writers Camps meet Monday-Friday from 9:00am to 3:00 pm on the UNC Charlotte main campus. Campers may attend one or both sessions. 

$250/week, $175 for faculty and staff.

July 13-17

Cultures Around the World - rising grades 2 to 4

Campers will read, write, and play as they discover different cultures and a common human story.

Rebels Through the Ages - rising grades 5 to 7

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, campers will investigate rule-breakers who created positive change in the world.

Challenging Narratives - rising grades 8 to 10

Starting with the story of the Brooklyn neighborhood in Charlotte, campers will learn the positive and negative power of narrative. Campers will select a meaningful issue to explore from multiple perspectives.

Young writers Conference

Per university guidelines, this event has been cancelled. The Writing Project plans to postpone until the fall, 2020 semester.

The UNC Charlotte Writing Project is excited to host our first Young Writers Conference. In this innovative conference format, students in grades 9-12 and their teachers will have the opportunity to attend interactive presentations on topics that include poetry, writing for meaning, creative text, and writing for an audience. Writing for an audience includes college admissions and scholarship essays.

Registration is $35 per person. Registration fee includes breakfast and lunch. 





UNC Charlotte Writing Project offers customizable professional development in K-12 schools. Partnerships can take the form of workshops, two-week intensive summer institutes, or visits during PLC meetings. Click here for more information, or email unccwritingproject@uncc.edu.



NWP Philosophy

Our site is a member of the network of National Writing Project sites. The core principals of NWP are:

  • Teachers at every level—from kindergarten through college—are the agents of reform; universities and schools are ideal partners for investing in that reform through professional development.
  • Writing can and should be taught, not just assigned, at every grade level. Professional development programs should provide opportunities for teachers to work together to understand the full spectrum of writing development across grades and across subject areas.
  • Knowledge about the teaching of writing comes from many sources: theory and research, the analysis of practice, and the experience of writing. Effective professional development programs provide frequent and ongoing opportunities for teachers to write and to examine theory, research, and practice together systematically.
  • There is no single right approach to teaching writing; however, some practices prove to be more effective than others. A reflective and informed community of practice is in the best position to design and develop comprehensive writing programs.
  • Teachers who are well informed and effective in their practice can be successful teachers of other teachers as well as partners in educational research, development, and implementation. Collectively, teacher-leaders are our greatest resource for educational reform.