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What is the Invitational Summer Institute?
The LWP Invitational Summer Institute is an energizing, professionalizing, and community-building experience held at The Citadel in the summer. Up to 15 outstanding teachers from across the Lowcountry are selected to participate. Teachers who successfully complete the Institute receive 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.
What does the Invitational Summer Institute involve?
1) An orientation and goal-setting meeting in May with fellow participants, LWP co-directors, and partners.
2) In the first part of the Institute, we will try out new writing genres and digital tools as a writer, listen to and provide peer presentations on high-quality writing instruction, and learn about—and try out—research-based methods to support students’ writing. We will create a collaborative space where we can learn more about writing and writing instruction from each other. We will also visit The Citadel’s Isle of Palms beach house to write in the sun.
3) During the second part of the institute, we will design and run a Young Writers Camp for writers from downtown elementary and middle schools. The camp, which will be free for Title I students in need, will allow us to try out some of the techniques and strategies we learned in the first two weeks. In the afternoons, we will reconvene to reflect collaboratively upon our practice.
The 2021 Lowcountry Writing Project Invitational Summer Institute was a huge success!
The 2018, 2019, and 2021 Invitational Summer Institutes have been 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.