Summer Institute 2016

Thursday, April 21, 2016 12:15:38 PM CDT

The Southeastern Louisiana Writing Project’s

Invitational Summer Institute in Teaching Writing


Ten Days in July (July 6-20)


July 6 & 7: Wednesday and Thursday:  9:00 A.M.—3:30 P.M.

Introductory workshops on writing and teaching writing at Southeastern Louisiana University


July 11-15: Mon. 5— 7 P.M.;  Tues., Wed., Thurs. 9 A.M.— 6 P.M.;  Fri. 9 A.M.—1 P.M.

Writing Retreat in French Quarter —“Teacher as Writer/Writer as Teacher”—(Gallier House/Le Richelieu Hotel)

Daily workshops,  writing marathons, and discussions with NWP and SLWP Teacher Consultants


July 18-20: Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday:  9:00 A.M.—3:30 P.M.

Workshops on writing and teaching writing at Southeastern Louisiana University



The Invitational Summer Institute

The Southeastern Louisiana Writing Project (SLWP) is a National Writing Project (NWP) site that has been offering Invitational Summer Institutes and Advanced Institutes since 1992 at Southeastern Louisiana University. Summer Institute Fellows from across the curriculum and all grade levels come together in a comfortable setting to write, to study the teaching of writing, and to share their own best practices in the teaching of writing.


How Is the Invitational Summer Institute Special?

A special feature of this year’s Institute is our third annual Writing Retreat in the French Quarter, where Summer Fellows join other SLWP and NWP teachers for five days of writing, workshops, writing marathons, and professional discussions of teaching writing in one of the world’s best cities for writers.


Why You Should Apply

The most common responses from those who’ve taken an Invitational Summer Institute are:

—“It transformed me as a teacher.”

—“It made me into a writer.”

—“It treated me like a true professional, not like a student.”

—“It changed my life.”

—“It introduced me to other teachers and writers who are now lifelong friends.”


Who Should Apply? 

Apply if you answer “yes” to any question below—

  • Are you an excellent teacher?               • Do you teach writing or use writing to teach a content course?
  • Do you want to teach writing more effectively? • Are you willing to share your best practices with other teachers?
  • Do you write, or consider yourself a writer? • Do you have questions about teaching writing?


Registration, Course Credit, and Stipend

Those accepted into the Institute must register and pay tuition/fees for English 646 (Workshop in the Teaching of Writing), a three hour graduate workshop for Summer Fellows in the Institute. Summer Fellows must fully attend and complete the Institute to receive their stipend upon completion. Summer Fellows receive a $900 stipend at the end of the Institute to partially cover tuition as well as lodging in the French Quarter during the Writing Retreat.


How to Apply: Email applications to Dr. Richard Louth, Professor of English, at

Apply now.  Enrollment is limited; applications are considered until the Institute is filled.  Send: 

  • Resume
  • Brief description of a writing activity you do with your students (max. 250 words)
  • Page containing the following:

                ° Name/address/phone/email/ W# and Grade Level(s)/ Subjects you teach or have taught recently

                ° School where you currently teach and how long you’ve taught there

  • Applicants are interviewed on campus or over the phone/Internet and notified of their status soon after their interview.


For More Information:

Dr. Richard Louth, Director of SLWP, SLU 10327, Hammond, LA 70402.        
(985) 549-2102 or 2100
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