Special Focus Institutes

NWPNH Special Focus Institutes

Summer 2019 Offerings



The National Writing Project in New Hampshire (NWPNH) offers five different and dynamic summer institutes! All institutes run on the same guiding principles of experience, practice, knowledge and reflection. Institutes will be held on the campus of Plymouth State University. Participants should plan to attend all sessions. All institutes are facilitated by writing project teacher consultants, leaders who integrate theory, research, and practice into all sessions.

College, Career and Community: Argument Writing: College, Career and Community Ready Writers Program answers the contemporary call for respectful argumentative discourse. In this institute, we prepare teachers to help their students read critically, explore multiple points of view, and finally take a stand on important issues. This institute is three credits. It runs Monday, July 8th – Friday, July 12th from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Writing Our Communities: This special focus institute runs on the same principles that guide the National Writing Project invitational institute. It is designed for teachers who would like to gain a thorough background in teaching place-based writing to their students. It is open to all teachers and other interested parties. This institute is three credits. It runs Monday – Wednesday, July 15th – 17th as well as July 22nd – 24th from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Digital Times: Writing, Collaboration and Publication: The institute will address the structuring of time and community in writing workshop classrooms, enhancing our practices as teachers of writing in a multimodal world, broadly defining literacy and writing as principled and fluid, as well as considering writing for digital audiences and how that changes/enhances the writing process. The instructor will provide an array of readings that explore both theoretical and practical considerations of supporting students’ writing and inquiry interests yet challenge them to write for their own purposes, and for a variety of audiences. Participants will explore and design writing invitations that they can use in their classrooms. This institute is three credits. It runs Tuesday – Friday, July 23rd – 26th from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Emotion in Writing: Writing is tied up with feeling. In this institute, we will investigate the role of emotions such as love, anger, shame, and fear in the writing workshop and how to make these emotions work to support students’ writing development. Teachers will learn strategies for incorporating activities where students can write about and with emotion in the classroom. This institute is three credits. It runs Monday, July 8th – Friday, July 12th from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Invitational Institute for Teachers of Writing: This is the flagship program of the writing project. This five-week intensive institute runs Monday – Thursday, June 24th – July 25th (except July 4th). Experienced teachers gather to demonstrate their practices, share their writing, and learn about the latest research in the teaching of writing. It is open to teachers at all levels in all disciplines. Housing can be provided and teachers may register for six to nine graduate credits at a greatly reduced rate. This program requires an application. Please contact megp@plymouth.edu for details.

Register through PSU for course credit.  If you want to attend without credit, the cost is $300— please contact megp@plymouth.edu.

Make these programs part of a graduate degree in Literacy and the Teaching of Writing.