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Over 32 years, the Puget Sound Writing Project

has become the University of Washington's single most successful humanities based K-12 partnership. The Puget Sound Writing Project offers writing institutes for all K-12 teachers interested in writing and the teaching of writing. It also offers onsite workshops in partnership with schools and districts.

The UW offers 2015 summer writing camps for youth, most taught by PSWP-trained instructors. Contact www.summer-camp.uw.edu (see Short Courses) or call 206 543-2310.

The Puget Sound Writing Project is co-sponsored by the University of Washington's Department of English and College of Education, and by the National Writing Project. Community partners include Seattle Arts & Lectures, Powerful Schools and Hugo House.


Holly Stein

Holly Stein is the newly appointed PSWP UW Director. She began her work with PSWP as a fellow in the 1989 Invitational Institute and has taught for PSWP nearly every summer since then, working as a consultant, providing professional development across the state with her teaching partner and close friend Kim Norton. For seventeen years she taught American literature and sophomore English at Eastside Catholic. For eight years she was a K-12 literacy specialist at Edmonds and Kent School Districts. She also served as a consultant to and committee member of nearly every OSPI writing committee over the past twenty years.

Robert McNamara

Robert McNamara is one of the PSWP UW directors. He has taught writing in the University of Washington's Interdisciplinary Writing Program since 1987, offering courses in a variety of disciplines. He has published two books of poetry, Second Messengers and The Body & the Day, and for many years was the editor of Seattle's L'Epervier Press.

Janine Shinkoskey Brodine

Janine Shinkoskey Brodine was the PSWP K-12 Director from 2004 until summer of 2013. She has a Masters of Education in Reading and was a secondary teacher for 24 years. Janine is the co-author of Journals in the Classroom: a Complete Guide for the Elementary Teacher and Missing Pieces: Memoirs of World War II. She was a PSWP Fellow in 2000.

The Puget Sound Writing Project is funded by the University of Washington College of Arts and Sciences and Department of English, and the National Writing Project. Cooperating partners include the UW College of Education, UW Office of Educational Partnerships, Seattle Arts and Lectures, Powerful Schools, Hugo House, and UW Extension.