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Lowcountry Writing Project

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The 2021 Lowcountry Writing Project Invitational Summer Institute was a huge success! Here is a collection from our 2021 Young Writers.

Information about the 2022 Invitational Summer Institute will be available in the fall.



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 did the 2021 Invitational Summer Institute involve?

1)  An orientation and goal-setting meeting in May with fellow participants, LWP co-directors, and partners.

2)  The first part of the Institute—June 21-July 2—involved trying out new writing genres and digital tools as a writer, listening to and providing peer presentations on high-quality writing instruction, as well as learning about—and trying out—research-based methods to support students’ writing. We created a collaborative space where we learned more about writing and writing instruction from each other. We also visited The Citadel’s Isle of Palms beach house to write in the sun.

3) During July 5 - July 9 we ran a Young Writers Camp for writers from downtown elementary and middle schools. The camp, which was free for Title I students in need, allowed us to try out some of the techniques and strategies we learned in the first two weeks. In the afternoons, we reconvened in order to reflect collaboratively upon our practice.




Check out the compilation of student work from the 2018 Young Writers Camp here
the 2019 Young Writers Camp here.

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



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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. 

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