IWP holds open registration workshops on teaching writing every summer in July. Locations rotate each year to make attendance easier for teachers in various parts of the metro Chicago area. IWP workshops are highly interactive, featuring participants writing, and sharing their issues and successful teaching strategies. We emphasize writing that is meaningful for students, focused on authentic topics that matter and addressed to real audiences. Writing is also used as a tool for learning in all subjects as well as for social-emotional development and meaningful uses of technology.