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What We Are

The Upper Cumberland Writing Project (UCWP) is a professional development program designed to improve writing and writing instruction in the region's schools--in all grade levels and all subject areas. We work from a firm belief in the power of

  • teachers teaching teachers;
  • relying on classroom-tested knowledge and practices; and
  • employing diverse approaches to writing instruction across disciplines.

Founded at Tennessee Tech University in 2008, the UCWP is one of three National Writing Project sites in Tennessee (along with the West Tennessee Writing Project and the Middle Tennessee Writing Project). We are a network of experienced K-12 and college-level educators who care about working with writers to improve skills, strategies, and attitudes.


The National Writing Project's mission is to focus the knowledge, expertise, and leadership of our nation's educators on sustained efforts to improve writing and learning and writing instruction. Toward this goal, the UCWP offers an Invitational Summer Institute, an intensive multiple-week workshop for exemplary educators to share, learn, and write with each other. We also offer other professional development opportunities throughout the year. Additionally, we can provide sustained in-service programs on writing instruction for schools or districts.

For more information about PD activities, visit the Professional Development Workshops page.


Director: Dr. Tony Baker, TTU professor of English (

Co-Director: Martha Ramsey, kindergarten teacher at Cookeville's Sycamore Elementary School (Putnam County Schools)

Co-Director: Dr. Jane Baker, TTU Associate professor of early childhood education (