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Professional Writing Retreats

2011 Professional Writing Retreat

Application Deadline: December 31, 2015
To submit your application, go to:


The NWP Professional Writing Retreat focuses on giving teachers a chance to write about the profession of teaching and their practice, analyze and draw conclusions about policy, discuss school reform, talk about literacy and learning, and address a variety of concerns about teaching writing. Facilitators and guest editors provide support and coaching on site. Participants have long stretches of time to write and receive feedback from their writing group.

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Applications are reviewed by members of the Professional Writing Retreat Facilitation Team. Applicants will be notified of the selection team's decision by Friday, April 29, 2011.

Your complete application will consist of the following:

Application Questions

Please answer the following questions (limit: 2 pages).

  1. What has been your experience with writing and/or publishing?
  2. What is your interest in participating in the retreat?
  3. What are you planning to write about?
  4. How would you describe the potential relevance of your writing to your colleagues, your local Writing Project site, and/or your school community?
  5. What kinds of assistance do you anticipate needing?
  6. What is your current involvement in the work of your local Writing Project site?
  7. If you've been involved in a professional writing retreat at your site, or if you plan to provide leadership in this area, briefly describe your activities and/or plans.

Letter of Support

This application requires a brief letter from the director or co-director of your site indicating support for your continued writing and your leadership at the site. Please ask your site director or co-director to respond to the email inquiry he or she will receive after you have submitted your writing retreat application online. Your application will not be considered without a letter of support from your site director or co-director.

Submission Instructions

Participation in the Professional Writing Retreat is by online application only. In order to submit your application, type your answers in a word processing program and save the document. Please be sure to fill out the cover sheet (found on the event homepage) and include it with your application. You may either upload files as attachments to your application or copy and paste the text into the text box provided. All attachments should include a header with your name.


The pool of participants chosen will be as representative as possible of the geographic, racial, and ethnic diversity of the Writing Project. It will include teacher-consultants and site leaders—kindergarten through university—with a range of writing interests, experience, and content-area knowledge.