The Gateway Writing Project (GWP) is the official St. Louis site of the National Writing Project. Since 1978, GWP has sponsored a variety of workshops, conferences, and credit courses based on the premise that teachers of writing must write and must see themselves as writers. The institute brings together strong teachers of writing (all levels, K-college) who will:
  • Write revise, and prepare their own writing for in-house publication.
  • Study current theory/research, especially research by teachers of writing.
  • Demonstrate their most successful teaching practices.
Under the sponsorship of GWP, graduates of the summer institute may conduct workshops and school in-service programs in the future. They may also assume leadership roles for improving writing in their own school settings.
Course expectations include:
  • Portfolio of essays, creative writing, and other work in varied genres.
  • Demonstration workshop that shares a successful approach to teaching.
  • Reading response journal.
  • Inquiry project (small-scale action research).
  • Participation in study groups
  • Time and opportunity to think, talk, read, and write about best practices in the company of peers.

The institute offers participants a rich opportunity to grow as a writer and as a teacher of writing.  We are confident that participation in the institute will become a pivotal experience in one’s professional life.

Through the institute, participants will earn six hours of either English or Education graduate credit. The cost of the credit will be at the UMSL summer graduate credit rate. Pending grant funding, a scholarship may be awarded to successful candidates who apply by the stated deadline. Later applicants may or may not be eligible for stipends. There is also an expectation that summer fellows will attend two “renewal” meetings during the following school year. The dates and times for those meetings will be determined by the group.

Locations: Monday and Wednesdays--UMSL campus; Tuesdays and Thursdays--Harris-Stowe State University campus.
Instructors: Nancy Robb Singer, PhD and Astra Cherry, Co-Director of GWP

Please send the application, requirements, and data sheet to:
Nancy R. Singer, Ph.D.
358 Marillac Hall
One University Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63121
Nancy Robb Singer, PhD, Director

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