Allen Koshewa and Elly Tobin established the International Writing Project (IWP) over 25 years ago and have collaboratively taught Writers’ Workshop courses since 1992.


Allen Koshewa is a specialist in elementary education and also has extensive K-12 experience. Allen has taught and lectured in public schools and universities in the U.S. as well as in international schools in the UK, Japan, Panamá, and China. 

He is an experienced workshop presenter and has written several articles for international magazines. He is the author of Discipline and Democracy. He has also authored a chapter in Reclaiming Writing (Routledge, 2014). 

Allen has a PhD in linguistics and anthropology. 


Elly Tobin is currently the Director of the College for International Citizenship and works as an international consultant in the areas of leadership, global studies, curiculum development and EAL. She has worked in the UK, Germany, Malaysia, and Japan in various capacities as a teacher, director and administrator. She also writes for the International Teacher Magazine (ITM) and has published two children's books.

Elly was awarded an OBE for her services to education and young people and she has an honorary doctorate from Aston University, UK.

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Your facilitators Allen Koshewa and Elly Tobin.

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“I have to say that before this course I hated writing; now I love it. I want my students to achieve the same.”  – Nohelia M