Summer 2015 Programs for Teachers

June 17-July 1

The 2015 Third Coast Writing Project Invitational Summer Institute (Teacher Leadership) is an intensive workshop for teachers on writing, teaching, and leadership that meets daily (weekdays) for 11 days from June 17-July 1. Teacher participants engage in creative and professional writing, discussions of teaching and teaching demonstrations, book groups, and professional activities on writing, reading, and literacy. We also take field trips for writing and teaching. Each teacher (or team) will leave with a plan for a project of teacher leadership in literacy to take back to his/her classroom or school. The program is led by experienced teachers, all of whom are previous TCWP participants

Thanks to a National Writing Project Federal Flow-through Grant (SEED-Teacher Leadership), the 2015 ISI-TL can accommodate 16 teachers. We seek broad representation from teachers from the Kalamazoo and SW Michigan area – all grade levels, all different subject areas, and all different schools – urban, suburban, rural, and both public and private. Each participant will receive a stipend of $400 upon completion of the program, along with 66 SCHEHs (provided at no-cost). Optional WMU graduate credit is also available in lieu of SCHEHs (at participant expense).

The program meets on the WMU campus from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each day, including time for lunch. There will be at least one trip off campus.

Teachers can attend the TCWP ISI-TL as an individual or as a team from a particular school or district. We recommend teams of 2-4, but we also accept individual teachers for the Institute.

The Third Coast Writing Project is affiliated with the National Writing Project and has been running Invitational Summer Institutes each year since 1994. We invite applications from all interested teachers. For more information, please contact Dr. Jonathan Bush, TCWP Director (, or Ms. Pen Campbell, TCWP ISI-TL Director ( Applications and more information ns available at our website at

Summer 2015 Programs for Students and Children

Camp for Young Writers (June 15-June 26)

This enrichment camp provides the spark for aspiring young writers in two distinct groups (ages 8-10 & 11-14). Our directors and teachers help motivated children find their direction in writing – poems, stories, and much more come to life and culminates in a public reading for families, friends, and teachers. Cost: $150

The Camp for Young Writers application must be submitted by May 24, 2013. All information can be found at


Third Coast Writing Project at Western Michigan University


The Third Coast Writing Project (TCWP) at Western Michigan University is an organization of, by, and for teachers of students at all levels (kindergarten-university) and in all disciplines, dedicated to improving the teaching and uses of writing through a variety of programs.Founded on the belief that teachers are the key to lasting school reform, this National Writing Project (Berkeley, California) site promotes no single approach to the teaching of writing, no set formulas, no packaged plans. Instead, in its summer and school-based professional development programs, it introduces teachers to informed and effective practices that are grounded in research.
For more information, contact Dr. Jonathan Bush, English, at or 387-2571