Monday, January 19, 2009


Summer Institute 2009 Announcement
The Eastern Michigan Writing Project 2009 Summer Invitational Institute will be screening applications until March 1st. Benefits in taking the Invitational include:
* Five Graduate Credits
* A stipend or fellowship towards tuition
* The status of Teacher Consultant of the National Writing Project
* New visions for the teaching of writing
* Opportunities to participate in vibrant learning communities

Pictures from the 2008 Institute

We welcome applicants from all disciplines and grade levels who are interested in learning and sharing theories about the teaching of writing. See the full brochure here, and the 2009 application form here.

The Eastern Michigan Writing Project is inviting applications for 2009-10 positions! Click here to download the details of all upcoming EMWP positions.

Course Announcement
Litr 592: Poetry for Teachers (Summer 2009)

This course is aimed at current or future secondary teachers with an interest in developing their understanding of poetry and of the myriad ways in which poetry can be studied and experienced in the classroom. Placing equal emphasis on literary analysis and teaching methods, the course will focus on the study of formal elements in poetry, the relationship of form to content, historical or literary contexts, and poetic movements. In addition, the course will incorporate several short workshops run by expert secondary-school teachers of literature and EMU Creative Writing faculty, who will offer demonstrations and facilitate workshops on practical issues related to the teaching of poetry, such as: designing effective writing assignments, assessing students’ creative work, incorporating material from other humanities disciplines into a literature course, teaching to specific age groups, and/or helping students design outreach projects for their own classrooms and their communities to promote the teaching and learning of poetry.

The three-credit hour graduate course will meet for the first week of August, 2009, Monday, August 3, to Friday, August 7, 9am to 3pm, with prior on-line discussions of required readings and a final project to be submitted by the end of August. For more information, please contact Elisabeth Däumer at