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West Tennessee Writing Project accepting applications, deadline April 27


Contact 1: Erin Chesnut

MARTIN, Tenn. – The West Tennessee Writing Project is accepting applications for the 22nd Invitational Summer Institute, to be held on the University of Tennessee at Martin campus from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday-Thursday, June 1-11. A mandatory orientation will be held on May 9.

The institute is designed to help current teachers find innovative ways to meet standards, learn to apply differentiated instruction, give both teacher-driven and student-driven assessments, and develop critical thinking in students. Chosen applicants will participate in teaching demonstrations, discussions and reading, as well as afternoon writing workshops.

Twelve participants will be selected through an application and interview process. Teachers from all subject areas, grades K-12, are invited to apply. Applications must be received before April 27. All teachers will participate in 52 hours of professional development and will receive 5.2 continuing education units through UT Martin.

“[The institute] has given me fresh ideas and a new perspective on writing,” said Vanessa Nelson, Crockett County Middle School teacher and 2014 institute participant. “Being a part of this project has really made a difference in me, not only as a writer and an individual but also as a teacher,” said Amy Duncan, Hillcrest Elementary School teacher and former institute participant.

Participation in the institute is paid for by a grant from the National Writing Project. Lodging is available on campus in student residence halls, paid for by individual participants. The rate for on-campus lodging is $12 per night.

Applications are available for download from Interested parties may also contact Dr. David Carithers, WTWP director and associate professor of English, at 731-881-7290 or by email at



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