The Connecticut Writing Project at Fairfield University announces summer programs for teachers, young writers


Applications are being accepted for the Young Writers' Institute, a two-week summer program at Fairfield University where budding scribes can sharpen their craft, meet editors at top publications like Rolling Stone magazine and comb for writing ideas on field trips to Fairfield Beach and elsewhere. The institute, now in its sixth year, is sponsored by the Connecticut Writing Project at Fairfield University. It runs July 8 through July 19.

The Connecticut Writing Project also offers opportunities for teachers. Teachers may apply for one of eight summer writing seminars on topics such as early literacy and teaching literature. The first of these begins July 1.

The Young Writers' Institute is team-taught by credentialed teachers who have been trained as Connecticut Writing Project consultants and is open to 50 students in grades six through 10. Students will gain confidence in their skills, share their work with their writing peers and learn tricks of the trade from published guests. Applicants need not be the best writers in their class, but must have an enthusiasm for writing and a willingness to learn more.

"This is an opportunity for students not only to hone their skills, but also to find a community of peers who are like-minded about writing," says program director Faye Gage. "Writing can really help those in this age group to define who they are and what their places are in their families, their schools and their communities."

The institute will be held daily from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with lunch provided. Transportation from designated, centrally located pick-up and drop-off sites will also be available. Tuition is $600, but students with demonstrated financial need may quality for scholarships.

Interested students should submit an application and writing sample by mid-May. Classroom teachers will be contacted for a recommendation, and a committee of Connecticut Writing Project teachers/consultants will make the final selections.

The Connecticut Writing Project at Fairfield University is an affiliate of the National Writing Project. Funding for the non-profit program is provided by an anonymous donor, and, in past years, by the Fairfield Community Foundation.

For an application or additional information about the Young Writers' Institute or the programs for teachers, contact Christine Lawton at (203) 254-4000, ext. 3124.

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Media Contact: Nancy Habetz, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2647, nhabetz@fairfield.edu

Posted on March 21, 2002

Vol. 34, No. 182