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The Organization

The Spartanburg Writing Project (SWP) is a professional development organization that seeks to improve writing and the teaching of writing. Founded in 1982, SWP provides resources to teachers, students, schools and school districts in our service area.

It is an affiliate of the National Writing Project, which is a successful model for professional development with more than 180 sites worldwide. Learn more about our history, philosophy and services.

Upcoming Events

2013 Summer Programs for Teachers and Students

SWP Invitational Summer Institute: Issues in Literacy Instruction and Common Core State Standards
The Spartanburg Writing Project is now accepting applications from teachers interested in participating in the 29th annual Invitational Summer Institute of the Spartanburg Writing Project.The Summer Institute will be held June 5, 2013 through June 28, 2013 from 8:30am-3:00pm at USC Upstate. This intense professional development experience is unlike any you have encountered and provides invaluable strategies for improving literacy and writing instruction in classrooms across the curriculum.Teachers may attend by application and invitation only.

Applicants should be experienced educators from kindergarten through university level with an interest in exploring their own writing and in improving writing instruction in their own classrooms.Participants are expected to assume leadership roles in local educational and professional development programs following their involvement with the Summer Institute. Because the writing project is committed to the integration of literacy strategies across the curriculum, we encourage teachers of all grade levels and content areas to apply.

Co-sponsored by SWP, USC Upstate and the school districts of Spartanburg County and Union County, the Summer Institute offers six hours of graduate credit at no tuition cost.The individual registration fee for the course is $150.Twenty-five outstanding teachers representing elementary, middle or junior high, high school, and college will be selected as 2013 Fellows.

Please Note:**In addition to the four-week Summer Institute, participants are required to attend two pre-institute meetings on Thursday, April 11 and Thursday, April 25, 2013 from 4:00-7:00pm, and an institute follow-up meeting in October 2013. The registration fee/tuition is $150.***ALL applicants MUST attend an interview session on Tuesday, February 26, 2013.The interview is designed to give applicants a chance to learn more about the ISI, and to provide the SWP Leadership Team with more information about your teaching.

For more details please see our Summer Institute page or dowload the full Summer Institute application.

The Spartanburg Writing Project is an affiliate of the National Writing Project, a national model for professional development with more than 200 sites across the United States and the world.

Please contact Tasha Thomas or Dawn Mitchell with questions.

**Application Deadline: Friday, February 1, 2013


Spartanburg Junior Writing Project (SJWP):
"Empty Your Mind and Your Pen of its Ink...SJWP2013...Read, Write, Think!"
June 10-21, 2013, 9am-12noon, M-F
Tonya Beaty, Director

Open to all students beginning grades 3-12 in the fall.
Registration cost: $150
Location: Academic Annex, Building 2 at USC Upstate

To apply, visit our Spartanburg Junior Writing Project page or download the full SJWP Application.
Contact director Tonya Beaty or Tasha Thomas with questions.

Application Deadline: Thursday, May 30, 2013


Spartanburg Junior Tech Writers Camp (SJTW)
June 10-21, 2013, 9am-12noon, M-F
Kim Buice, Director

Open to all students beginning grades 6-12 in the fall.
Registration cost: $150
Location: USC Upstate

To apply, visit our Spartanburg Junior Tech Writers page or download the full SJTW Application.
Email Kim Buice or Tasha Thomas for more information.

Application deadline: Thursday, May 30, 2013

 

 

Contact Us
Tasha A. Thomas, Director
USC Upstate
800 University Way
Spartanburg, SC 29303
Office 864-503-5653
Fax 864-503-5825
tthomas@uscupstate.edu

Additional Resources
The National Writing Project
SC State Council of The International Reading Association
SC Council of Teachers of English
National Council for Teachers of English
SC Department of Education
Hub City Writers Project
Spartanburg Writing Project Blog

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The Spartanburg Writing Project is an affiliate of the National Writing Project, a national model for professional development with more than 180 sites across the United States and the world.