Applicants sought for Southeastern Summer Writing Institute

Tuesday, April 19, 2016
by: Rene Abadie

     HAMMOND – Applications are now being accepted for participation in the Southeastern Louisiana Writing Project’s (SLWP) Invitational Summer Institute in Teaching Writing.
     SLWP is one of the sites for the National Writing Project (NWP) that has offered the institutes since 1992 through Southeastern Louisiana University. Summer Institute Fellows from across all curricula and grade levels come together in a comfortable setting to write, study the teaching of writing and share best practices.
     Designed for teachers who use writing in their classrooms, the institute will meet at Southeastern Louisiana University from July 6-7 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 pm. for introductory workshops on writing; at the Writing Retreat in the French Quarter July 11-15; and again at Southeastern July 18-20, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
     “This program is for teachers who use writing in their instruction, who are eager to share what they have learned and who want to learn from other experienced classroom teachers,” explained Richard Louth, SLWP director and professor of English at Southeastern.
     Teachers selected to attend the institute study the teaching of writing, reflect on their own writing and share their best teaching practices with each other, Louth explained.
     “It is an intensive experience, and participants generally come away with a great appreciation of the importance of incorporating writing in all of their teaching,” he said.
     The Writing Retreat, he said, is a special feature where participants 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.
     Participants will work on personal and professional writing and will also develop workshops on teaching writing that can be used as professional development in their local schools.
     As summer fellows at Southeastern, participants will enroll in a three-hour graduate course, Workshop in the Teaching of Writing. Participants who complete the course will receive a $900 stipend to partially cover their tuition and lodging in the French Quarter during the Writing Retreat.
     Enrollment is limited. Applicants should submit a resume that includes contact information including phone numbers and e-mail addresses, the school and grade level where the applicant teaches, a brief description of writing activity in their classrooms, and a letter of nomination from a supervisor or from a member of the SLWP. Applications should be addressed to Dr. Richard Louth, SLU Box 10327, Hammond, LA 70402 or by e-mail to
     The institute is affiliated with the National Writing Project ( and is a cooperative effort involving the Southeastern College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and the College of Education and Human Development. Additional information is available by calling 985-549-2012 or 2100 or from the SLWP web page,

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