38th Invitational Summer Institutes

The Greater New Orleans Writing Project presents the 38th annual Summer Institutes: The 2016 Invitational Summer Institute & The College Ready Writer’s Program.

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Mermaids, Goats, and Moses Malone

Ari Zeiger | February 23, 2016

To start class today (à la Nancie Atwell), I brought in this lyrical vignette by Mary Oliver where she writes oh-so tenderly about her dog Ben. The last few lines of her sketch are as follows: “Ben. Joyful Ben. Because of his joyfulness, my own is increased. It is no small gift. So, perhaps it’s Read More

Call for Editorial Cartoon Submissions.

Sarah DeBacher | November 6, 2015

“The Scholastic Writing Awards are introducing a new category for 2016 – Editorial Cartoon sponsored by The Herb Block Foundation. The Editorial Cartoon category celebrates the legacy of four-time Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonist Herb Block and his remarkable contribution to American history and free expression. Three $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to the students who Read More

Monster Wars!

Sarah DeBacher | October 29, 2015

In the spirit of the season, I thought I’d share this SUPER FUN writing activity called “Monster Wars.”* Writing! Coloring! Monsters! Reflection! This assignment is scarily good. While my writers are college freshmen, you could easily do Monster Wars with writers at all grade levels. The Monster Wars activity is designed to show students just Read More

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Greater New Orleans Writing Project

Writers provide access to human emotions through words. Sometimes, we don't have the right English ones to do the job. Here are some others. 💖🖊📃

The ‘untranslatable’ emotions you never knew you had


Learning to identify and cultivate these feelings could give you a richer and more successful life

Feb 18th 8:00am • No Comments

We're guessing you know a thing or ten about great Louisiana poets. Nominate!


Selection Committee Will Make Recommendations to Governor - LEH


The LEH is seeking nominations for Louisiana's next Poet Laureate.

Feb 1st 11:18pm • No Comments

The intensity of this moment requires (as always) thoughtful teaching. Here's sound advice on how to support your immigrant and refugee students. Love your other!

Immigrant and Refugee Children: A Guide for Educators and School Support Staff | Teaching Tolerance - Diversity, Equity and Justice


This guide was created for educators, school support staff and service providers who teach, mentor and help open the doors of opportunity for undocumented youth and unaccompanied and refugee children currently living in the United States. Educators, school support staff and service providers are oft...

Jan 25th 10:45pm • No Comments

Dear GNOWPians,

We’re excited to announce the return of Ken Rayes to the post of Director of the Greater New Orleans Writing Project. Sarah DeBacher, now the VP of Education at Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities (LEH), will continue with GNOWP as Co-Director.

Our partnership between the National Writing Project and The University of New Orleans continues, stronger than ever.

2017 promises great things for the Summer Institute, the College-Ready Writers Program, and our other outreach programs. We are looking forward to developing a partnership with Big Class #NOLA and working with LEH to bring our teachers together with a growing community of student-writers in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Stay tuned for updates about GNOWP's 2017 Summer Institute and, as always, WRITE ON!!!

Jan 19th 10:57am • No Comments

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