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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.

It 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

Fall Renewal 2014Register Now

Teaching Students in a Time of Standards

Thursday, October 16, 2014 

3:00 - 7:00 p.m.

University Readiness Center


By focusing the 2014 Fall Renewal Conference on student-centered instruction, SWP seeks to support classroom teachers as they make their own professional decisions—informed by research and reflection—about how to best foster literacy development in the classroom. We hope to empower teachers to move beyond standards, to believe in their own expertise and in the potential of each and every student. For more than 30 years, the Spartanburg Writing Project has been working with teachers in Upstate, SC and with National Writing Project sites across the country to develop a shared vision for literacy instruction.


Keynote SpeakerJed Dearybury

Jed Dearybury is an early childhood educator in Spartanburg, SC at Woodland Heights Elementary School, Spartanburg District 6. Currently in his 13th year in education, Jed has been celebrated across the country for his excellence in the profession. He received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching and met President Obama. He was named as SC Honor Roll Teacher (top 5 in SC) and has had over 100 projects funded through Donors Choose. 



$40 per person

Discount available for groups of 20 or more. 

To register, please click here.


Schedule of Events
Registration and Refreshments3:00 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.
Welcome, Keynote Address4:00 p.m. - 4:40 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions 14:45 p.m. - 5:25 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions 25:30 p.m. - 6:10 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions 36:15 p.m. - 6:55 p.m.
Certificates for Recertification Verified 7:00 p.m. 

One Winter’s Eve: An Afternoon of Inspiration

Thursday, February 26, 2015 

3:00 - 7:00 pm.    Ron Rash

Join us for a reading by Ron Rash, the award-winning author of Serena and One Foot in Eden, followed by a selection of writing workshop sessions including poetry, fiction, nonfiction and self-publishing, conducted by local authors.  Whether you are a teacher of writing, a lover of Southern Literature, or an aspiring writer yourself, this event will be a great place to meet local authors and find some inspiration for your own work!

Registration-open to the public

$45 per person

Discount available for groups of 20 or more


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
Spartanburg Writing Project Blog


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.