English Department Hosts Inaugural Summer Institute for Teaching Writing
Drs. Clarice Moran and Peaches Hash, both faculty in the Department of English, have been hard at work developing the new Appalachian Mountains Writing Project, part of the National Writing Project. They are holding their first institute this summer and it is open to anyone with an interest in teaching writing at all grade levels (K-14) and in any content area.
The National Writing Project is a network of teachers, university faculty, researchers, writers and community educators working to advance writing and the teaching of writing. The Appalachian Mountains Writing Project adopts the National Writing Project model to create a linked network of K-14 teachers from all subject areas across Western North Carolina.
“It is a great resource for both teachers and graduate students. It has the potential to act as a gateway to people who are teaching but don’t have a masters and are interested in pursuing one. Overall, the institute is for anyone who has an interest in writing and wants strategies to improve their practice,” said Moran.
The inaugural 2022 Summer Institute is open to 15 interested teachers of writing from all disciplines in grades K-14. Participants may register as non-degree seeking students and earn 6 graduate credits which they could later apply towards a master’s degree. Graduate Students are also encouraged to enroll, if their program of study allows.
For attendees, the institute will include four main goals: a shared reading book and discussion, practice on teaching writing where members create a demo lesson and receive feedback, shared writing work on a personal piece of writing and shared research to investigate an aspect of teaching writing.
The institute takes place July 11-30 and is a hybrid conference. Participants will spend July 11-13 on campus, then return home for virtual work that is both synchronous and asynchronous. Participants will come back to campus July 28-30 for shared readings, teaching and a final celebration.
To register for this event, see https://appstate.irisregistration.com/Form/22APPWRITINGSUMMER.
More information can be found at https://writingproject.appstate.edu.
About the Department of English
The Department of English at Appalachian State University is committed to outstanding work in the classroom, the support and mentorship of students, and a dynamic engagement with culture, history, language, theory and literature. The department offers master’s degrees in English and rhetoric and composition, as well as undergraduate degrees in literary studies, film studies, creative writing, professional writing and English education. Learn more at https://english.appstate.edu.
By Sophia Woodall and Ben Rivers
June 15, 2022