National Writing Project

Writing Retreat Offered Twice in 2003

By: NWP Staff
Publication: The Voice, Vol. 7, No. 5
Date: November-December 2002

Are you looking for the time, setting, and inspiration you need to write thoughtfully about your teaching practice? The summer of 2003 offers two such opportunities for writing project teachers. In addition to a fifth year in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in late June, the National Writing Project Professional Writing Retreat will expand in 2003 to include an early August retreat in Kingston, Rhode Island.

The three-day retreat in a serene setting offers teachers time and encouragement to reflect on and write about their teaching practice. Participants will become part of a supportive writing community through small writing response groups and larger group readings over the course of the intensive retreat. One-on-one sessions with writing coaches and editors will provide additional support. The structure of the retreat is designed to accommodate writers at any stage in their development.

Sunrise Springs Inn and Retreat is the site of the Santa Fe retreat, June 26-29, 2003. Whispering Pines Conference Center will host the Rhode Island retreat, August 7-10, 2003. NWP will cover the cost of double-occupancy rooms and meals. Participants are responsible for travel costs and incidentals. (Some local sites may be willing to help with travel expenses.)

Each retreat is limited to 20 participants and requires an application. Applications will be available for download in December 2002 at and are due March 22, 2003. Participants will be chosen to represent the geographic, racial, and ethnic diversity of the writing project as well as a range of grade levels, writing interests, experience, and content-area knowledge. Those who attend are also encouraged to take the writing retreat model back to their sites to explore possible local or regional implementation.

For more information, or to request an application, email NWP at, or visit the retreat page at the NWP website at

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