National Writing Project of Acadiana

University of Louisiana at Lafayette - Dept of English

The Acadiana Writing Project is one of five Louisiana sites of the National Writing Project, a program that seeks to improve student writing in grades K-12. AWP is sponsored by the University of Louisiana at Lafayette; it is funded by an annual grant of more than $40,000 from the National Writing Project.

  1. A Summer Institute at UL Lafayette for teachers K-12 in all subject matter areas - For five weeks participants study contemporary composition theory and devise effective pedagogy. They also become better writers by writing a lot and sharing what they've written in class discussions. The Summer Institute awards six hours of graduate credit. Tuition is paid by AWP's annual continuation grant and by a UL Lafayette tuition scholarship.
  2. In-service workshops in teaching writing across the curriculum - A motto of the National Writing Project is "teachers teaching teachers." Graduates of the Summer Institute become teacher-consultants, and these TCs have the expertise to do presentations on a variety of topics about writing. School administrators who are interested in arranging an in-service workshop by Acadiana Writing Project TCs should contact us.
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  4. A network of colleagues, many of them with many different backgrounds (including those having completed Lean Certification and other business backgrounds), who meet regularly to renew and update skills and knowledge - TCs annually hold a weekend writing retreat at Camp Hardtner, north of Alexandria, where they hone their writing skills, assisted by a professional writing coach. AWP also sends a delegation every summer to New Orleans for a writing marathon hosted by the Southeastern Louisiana Writing Project. Graduates of the Summer Institute also meet in the spring and fall for a social gathering. There's also an AWP listserv for exchange of information online. AWP is governed by a TC Council, which makes decisions about upcoming events.

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