About the Northern California Writing Project

The Northern California Writing Project is a professional development organization devoted to improving the teaching of writing in our service region. That region, by the way, stretches from the Marysville area in the south all the way to the Oregon border, and from the north valley floor to the Nevada border to the east. We’re affiliated with and funded by both the California Writing Project and the National Writing Project, and operate through the generous support of the CSU, Chico College of Humanities and Fine Arts and Department of English.

In-Service

We offer California Standards-aligned in-service programs for schools focused on:

  • Opinion/Argument Writing in Elementary Grades
  • Content-Area Reading and Writing in Middle and Secondary Grades
  • Digital Reading and Writing

In recent years, the NCWP worked with teachers from:

  • Corning High School (Corning, CA)
  • Gateway Unified School District (Redding, CA)
  • Enterprise High School (Redding, CA)
  • Butteville Elementary School (Weed, CA)
  • Plumas Avenue Elementary School (Oroville, CA)
  • Pine Ridge School (Paradise, CA)
  • Paradise Elementary School (Paradise, CA)
  • Metteer Elementary School (Red Bluff, CA)
  • Alta Mesa Elementary School (Redding, CA)
  • Alturas Elementary School (Alturas, CA)
  • Yreka High School (Yreka, CA)
  • Hamilton City High School (Hamilton City, CA)
  • Modoc High School (Alturas, CA)
  • Butte Valley Unified School District (Dorris, CA)

Teachers Teaching Teachers

The NCWP also offers programs for individual teachers. “Teachers teaching teachers” has been a Writing Project mantra since its inception; our program leaders are expert local teachers sharing their successful practices with their colleagues. The Summer Institute is the centerpiece of our work with individual teachers.

History

The Northern California Writing Project, founded by Chico State Professor Emeritus Louise Jensen, held its first Summer Invitational Institute in 1977. Led from 1988-2007 by Professor Tom Fox, the NCWP reached national prominence in the National Writing Project. A professional organization devoted to improving the teaching and learning of writing in the North State, the NCWP is currently under the direction of Professor Peter Kittle. We serve schools and teachers in all of the following counties: Siskiyou, Modoc, Lassen, Trinity, Shasta, Tehama, Plumas, Butte, and Glenn. Please explore our programs, and contact us for further information about any of the offerings from the NCWP.

Directory

Office Personnel

Peter Kittle, Director
Professor, Department of English
CSU, Chico
Phone: (530) 898-3241
Email: pkittle@csuchico.edu

Kim Jaxon, C0-Director
Associate Professor, Department of English
CSU, Chico
Phone: (530) 898-6468
Email: kjaxon@csuchico.edu

Tom Fox, National Writing Project
Emeritus Professor, Department of English
CSU, Chico
Phone: (530) 898-6462
Email: tafox@csuchico.edu

Allie Matteucci, Project Specialist
Northern California Writing Project
Phone: (530) 898-5322
Email: ncwp-admin@csuchico.edu

Program Personnel

Carla Truttman, Inservice Director
Northern California Writing Project
Phone: (530) 898-5322
Email: carlatruttman@gmail.com

Amanda Von Kleist, Summer Institute Co-Director
Northern California Writing Project
Phone: (530) 898-5322
Email: amandavk@hotmail.com

Lindsey Nemec, Summer Institute Co-Director
Northern California Writing Project
Phone: (530) 898-5322
Email: nemec.lindsey.14@gmail.com