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Lowcountry Writing Project


Applications are now available for the 2019 Lowcountry Writing Project Invitational Summer Institute, which will be held at The Citadel from June 10-June 28. Click here for more information and here to apply.

At the 2018 Invitational Summer Institute, held at The Citadel June 18 to July 13, 15 outstanding teachers from across the Lowcountry were selected to participate. Teachers who successfully completed the Institute received credit for two graduate courses at The Citadel: ENGL 550, Professional Writing, and EDUC 589, Writing Methods, which provides Read2Succeed credit for the Instructional Practices course required for elementary teachers.

Young Writers’ Camp

 The 2018 Institute involved:

1) An orientation and goal-setting meeting with the participants, LWP co-directors, and partners prior to the Institute.

2) For the first two weeks of the Institute—June 18 through June 28—teachers explored new writing genres and digital tools, listened to and provided peer presentations on high-quality writing instruction, and read about research-based methods to support students’ writing. We tried out many of these methods out for ourselves while receiving feedback from other expert teachers. During this time, participants set goals for how they might integrate innovative supports for writing and literacy into their classroom or school contexts. We also visited Mother Emanuel Church and the Isle of Palms as we considered the relationship between writing and place.

Charleston poet laureate Marcus Amaker

3) During the third week of the Institute, July 9-13, we hosted an amazing Young Writers’ Camp sponsored by SC Humanities for students from downtown elementary and middle schools. The camp, which was free for the students, allowed the teachers to try out some of the techniques and strategies learned in the first two weeks. In the afternoons, teachers reflected collaboratively upon our practice.

Check out the compilation of student work from the camp here!

If you have any questions about the LWP or the Summer Institute, please contact Lauren Rule Maxwell at

From top to bottom: Teachers in the Summer Institute, the Young Writers Camp, and a view into the camp’s poetry workshop with Charleston poet laureate Marcus Amaker.

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The 2018 Invitational Summer Institute is sponsored by SC Humanities—a not-for-profit organization that aims to inspire, engage, and enrich South Carolinians—and by the South Carolina Arts Commission. 

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