Writing Project at Southeastern seeks applicants for Summer Institute


Monday, March 26, 2018 
by: Tonya Lowentritt 

     HAMMOND – The Southeastern Louisiana Writing Project (SLWP) at Southeastern Louisiana University is now accepting applications for its Invitational Summer Institute in Teaching Writing.
     The institute will meet June 26-July 19. Nine days of writing workshops, roundtables on current issues in teaching writing, and teaching demonstrations take place from 9-11:45 a.m. on Southeastern’s campus. The week of July 10-12 (Tuesday-Thursday) is spent in the French Quarter at a “Teacher as Writer” writing retreat, where participants join other SLWP and National Writing Project teachers.
     The program, said SLWP Director Richard Louth of the Southeastern English Department, “is designed for teachers who use writing in their classrooms, are eager to share their knowledge, and wish to learn from other experienced classroom teachers.”
     Approximately 500 local teachers have attended SLWP institutes since the Writing Project began at Southeastern in 1992.
     “During the institute,” Louth said, “selected kindergarten through college teachers from across the curriculum will write, study the teaching of writing, reflect on their own teaching, and share their best teaching practices with each other.”
     Louth said participants will also have the opportunity to work on personal and professional writing, to publish, and to develop workshops on teaching writing suitable for delivery as inservices to local schools.
     Participants pay their own tuition and expenses to enroll in English 646, a graduate seminar in the teaching of writing, and receive three hours of graduate credit. Registration at the Writing Retreat is free to Summer Fellows. Applications are considered until the institute is filled.
     Applicants should submit a resume; a page containing name, address, phone, e-mail, W#, and school and grade level where the applicant currently teaches; and a brief description of a writing activity used in their classroom. Applicants are interviewed as part of the process.
     Applications can be sent to Louth at rlouth@southeastern.edu or SLU 10327, Hammond, LA, 70402.
     Additional information is available at www.southeastern.edu/slwp or by contacting Louth by e-mail or at 985-549-2102/ 2100.
     The SLWP is a cooperative effort of Southeastern’s colleges of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and Education and Human Development and is an affiliate of the National Writing Project, www.writingproject.org.

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