Student Summer Institute

The 2014 Student Summer Institute will be held July 7 through 18, 2014 from 9:00 a.m to 1:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Applications available now!  Click here to download application. 

For more information please call: Zan Hailey at 571-206-4987

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The NVWP’s Student Summer Institute is a nationally recognized program, which is included in The Ultimate Guide to Summer Opportunities for Teens: 200 Programs that Prepare You for College Success.  Read more…

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What is the Student Summer Institute?
An enrichment program for students to write and to share their work with other writers. It is a time to grow as a writer and to help other writers grow.

Who is this Institute for?
The enrichment program is designed for students who:

  • enjoy writing and have a serious interest in it
  • are willing to help others with their writing
  • want to improve their writing skills and develop their own style
  • want to explore a variety of writing experiences with a wide range of strategies

As a participant, what can I expect?

  • Parent and participant orientation meeting
  • Lots of daily writing time
  • Participation in the full writing process, including revision and publication
  • Sharing writing in small groups
  • Participation in interest groups and workshops devoted to various aspects of writing: groups learning about writing mysteries, novels, short stories, poetry, etc.
  • For the returning participant, old favorites and new interest activities are scheduled
  • Honest, thoughtful responses to your writing and respect for your sensibilities
  • Individual conferences with and direct consultation from NVWP Teacher/Consultants (teacher/student ratio is 1:10)
  • Opportunities for computer writing
  • Publication party to celebrate student writing
  • Advanced Institute for grades 11 and 12: an overnight camp experience with writing intensive activities and time with published writers
  • Daily refreshments and a lot of fun!

Who Teaches This Institute?
Teachers from schools in Northern Virginia who have all been trained as Teacher Consultants with the Northern Virginia Writing Project. Institute coordinators are Cathy Hailey, a teacher at Woodbridge Sr. High School,  Jim Andrukonis, a teacher at Frost Middle School and Kahty Smaltz, a teacher at Brentsville District High School. For more information, call 571-206-4987 or email the NVWP office staff at youngwriters.nvwp@gmail.com.

How To Apply
Each spring the Student Summer Institute application becomes available. To be accepted into the SSI, students must fill out the application, provide writing samples to the provided prompts, and get a teacher recommendation (also on the application form). The deadline is in April and accepted students are notified by May.