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The Organization

The Spartanburg Writing Project (SWP) is a professional development organization that seeks to improve writing and the teaching of writing. Founded in 1982, SWP provides resources to teachers, students, schools and school districts in our service area.

SWP is an affiliate of the National Writing Project, which is a successful model for professional development with more than 180 sites worldwide.Learn more about our history, philosophy and services.

Upcoming Events

Register Now ButtonFall Renewal Conference:
Building New LIT - Literacy + Innovation + Technology

  • Date: Thursday, October 13, 2016
  • Onsite Registration: 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
  • Time: 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.
  • Location: University Readiness Center 
  • Registration:
    • $45/Person
    • $10 Induction Teachers
    • Discount available for groups of 20 or more

Books will be for sell from Reading Matters, Steps to Literacy, ASCD and Heinemann.

Keynote Speaker
Dr. Sara Kajder is a faculty member in Language and Literacy Education at The University of Georgia, a writer, and a consultant to K-12 school systems across the US.  Her most recent research examines secondary English teacher practices and adolescent literacy identities as they are constructed in dialogue with uses of digital tools and social media. Amongst many peer-reviewed articles and books, she is the author of Adolescents and Digital Literacies, the 2012 Recipient of the NCTE Britton Award.  Dr. Kajder is the immediate past chair of the Middle Level Section of NCTE and, beginning in the Fall of 2015, will work with Dr. Shelbie Witte to edit the NCTE journal, Voices from the Middle.  Kajder's work was recently recognized with the inaugural (2016) Divergent Award for Excellence in 21st Century Literacies.

Can't get to the Upstate? 
SWP is pleased to partner with SCASCD to offer satellite conference locations in the Midlands and the Low Country. The keynote address will be broadcast live at Blythewood Middle School and MenRiv Education Park in Goose Creek. Registration is $25 for teachers or $10 for induction teachers. For more information, contact tabernathy@richland2.org, McIntosh@bcsdschools.net, Eddingsc@bcscdschools.net, or BentonJ@bcsdschools.net.

Contact Us
Tasha A. Thomas, Director
USC Upstate
800 University Way
Spartanburg, SC 29303
Office 864-503-5653
Fax 864-503-5825

Additional Resources
The National Writing Project
SC State Council of The International Reading Association
SC Council of Teachers of English
National Council for Teachers of English
SC Department of Education
Hub City Writers Project


The Spartanburg Writing Project is an affiliate of the National Writing Project, a national model for professional development with more than 180 sites across the United States and the world.