Northern Shores Writing Project

Shores of Lake SuperiorThe Northern Shores Writing Project Invitational Summer Institute, which will be held Monday through Thursday June 20-23 and June 27-30, with a required Pre-institute Workshop on May 14, 2016, is an intensive professional experience through which participating educators immerse themselves in their own writing and in the study of writing instruction. Successful educators from throughout the region come together for two weeks on the campus of Northern Michigan University to explore strategies for teaching students at all grade levels to write well and for enhancing student learning in general. Educators work on their own writing, study current research and theory, share teaching strategies, and learn about writing and teaching.

The National Writing Project ( recognizes the primary importance of teacher knowledge, expertise, and leadership. The NWP believes that access to high quality educational experiences is a basic right of all learners and a cornerstone of equity. Essential components of NWP philosophy include the beliefs that:

Improving writing is crucial to learning in all subject areas, not just English. Reading and writing are reinforcing literacy skills and need to be taught together. Learning to write requires frequent supportive practice. Students have diverse abilities and instructional needs, and so teachers must use multiple strategies to improve students’ writing.
Effective writing instruction stresses the importance of both the product and the process of writing

Teachers who participate in the Summer Institute receive a stipend and are enrolled in EN 588 for four graduate credit hours through Northern Michigan University's Department of English. Participants are responsible for NMU graduate tuition ($1,896 Michigan resident; $2,728 nonresident) and applying for admission to NMU's School of Graduate Studies. They become part of a vibrant community of committed and supportive educators from throughout the Upper Peninsula and Northern Wisconsin region; they also have opportunities to interact with educators on a national level through affiliation with the National Writing Project.


About the instructors

Lisa EckertThe Writing Project will be led by NMU English faculty member Dr. Lisa Eckert. Lisa specializes in English education and her recent publications include Literacy Teaching and Learning in Rural Communities: Problematizing Stereotypes, Challenging Myths (Routledge, 2015), “Raising Issues of Rurality in English Teacher Education” in English Education (2013) and “Continuing Education and the English Teacher: How Graduate Programs Transform Secondary Classrooms” in Teaching Teachers: Approaches in Improving Quality of Education (2010). 

Dr. Elizabeth Monske is co-chair of the NSWP. She specializes in rhetoric and writing and technical communication. With research interests in on-line education and faculty training, she has published in Computers and Composition and the Journal of Educational Technology and Society. 

Guest speakers will enhance the institute's curriculum as well as a variety of field trips, special readings and networking opportunities.


Apply or learn more

To apply, please complete this form and submit. You will be notified of your acceptance and further registration instructions by March 31, 2016. If you have questions, please contact Dr. Lisa Eckert at or 906-227-1828.