For five weeks each summer, invited teachers meet at Southeastern Louisiana University to discuss their best classroom practices and write together. If you are interested in applying, contact the Director or download the application.
During the Institute, selected K-College teachers from across the curriculum study the teaching of writing, reflect on their own teaching, and share their best teaching practices with each other. Participants also produce personal and professional writing and develop workshops on teaching writing suitable for delivery to local schools. As Summer Fellows at the university, participants receive a stipend, six hours of graduate credit, and free tuition. Upon completion of the Institute, they are recognized as National Writing Project Teacher Consultants. Each spring, updated information will be added to our News & Events box on the homepage for the upcoming summer institute.
Teacher consultants who have completed the Summer Institute may be invited to participate in the two week Advanced Institute. The Advanced Institute should feel a bit like a perfect sabbatical. It is for teachers who want to recharge their batteries by living, writing, thinking, and sharing with colleagues. We hope to create a community of Teacher Consultants who will reflect upon their lives’ work (and their lives), teach each other, and walk away refreshed, yet on fire.
While it is a rare opportunity for reflection and introspection, it is also a time to learn from each other, to grow as professionals. and to share our discoveries with the world. Each spring, the topic of this institute will be published along with an application in our News & Events box on the homepage.
Young Writers Camp
Each summer, SLWP sponsors a camp for Young Writers, ages 8-14. Write to your heart's content under the guidance of the faculty of the Southeastern Louisiana Writing Project. Daily activities include writing; connecting the writing process with art, cartooning, reading, and many other creative activities such as a special “Writing Marathon.”
Young Writers, under the guidance of experienced writers and teacher-consultants, discover the importance of writing about things and events around them as well as for a variety of purposes and audiences. Young Writers polish their work through peer editing and revision, and their work is published in an anthology. The final day young writers present their best work to parents and friends at a "Public Reading and Reception." Certificates, anthologies, and tee-shirts are provided. For more information, check our News & Events box on the homepage in the spring.