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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May 3rd Dinner Info Session on Summer Institutes

Sarah DeBacher | April 19, 2016

Interested in learning more about our 2 upcoming Summer Invitational Institutes? Please join us for dinner on May 3rd from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in LA 197 at the University of New Orleans. To RSVP, please e-mail We hope to see you there.

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

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Greater New Orleans Writing Project

H/T to our Writing Project friends at the Northwestern State Writing Project for this share.

Writing About Writing

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By Gary Provost

May 27th 8:33am • No Comments

We know you're all eagerly awaiting word of acceptance to our annual Summer Institutes. If you've applied, please know that first-round letters will go out TOMORROW, Friday May 27th. If you'd still *like* to apply, there's still time! We have two remaining spots in the College-Ready Writers Program, and plenty of room for our Teacher As Writer Institute.

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May 26th 1:38pm • 2 Comments

Come out and support our friends at Big Class tonight!

Write On! Big Class's End of the Year Festival

Write On! Big Class's End of the Year Festival

Big Class is celebrating an incredible year of young voices and collaborative bookmaking! Please join Big Class's young authors at Write On!—a year-end party and culminating community event. All ages are welcome to bring in the summer, engage in writing activities, and eat delicious food while young writers from Big Class programs share their published work.

Free for students and their families.
$15 suggested donation.

May 26th 1:00pm • No Comments

Summer time gives us teachers more time to write. Join us for the Summer Institute in the historic French Quarter for an immersive study of writing workshop pedagogy from the inside out. In other words, join us to write! July 7-20. for more info.

Tin House

“What I try to do is write. I may write for two weeks ‘the cat sat on the mat, that is that, not a rat.’ And it might be just the most boring and awful stuff. But I try. When I’m writing, I write. And then it’s as if the muse is convinced that I’m serious and says, ‘Okay. Okay. I’ll come.’” — Maya Angelou

May 24th 8:44pm • No Comments

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