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Janet Donnell Johnson
RIWP Site Director

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Henry Barnard School (HBS)
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​Rh​ode Island Writing Project

Open Air Institute

August 7th, 8th, and 9th, 2018

To the outside world, summer for teachers is free time, time not spent thinking about school. To us, however, summer is a time to reflect on and engage in new ways of evolving our practice.

In August of 2013, the Rhode Island Writing Project initiated a unique professional development opportunity for Rhode Island educators in an effort to encourage the integration of the history and geography of our state into our practices. The Open-Air Institute provides a three-day, place-based outdoor experience for teachers to immerse themselves in the places that make Rhode Island so unique and so special.

We have moved from exploring islands to rivers to coastlines to parks to movement in Rhode Island.

Please consider joining us this August for some of the best PD around, PD where you can write, rejuvenate, reflect, and reconnect with RIWPers, your practice, and the place we call home! Designed to integrate content area literacy studies, this institute is guaranteed to energize and inspire your teaching!


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Summer Writing Camp

July 9 - 20​, 2018

Please note: Registration is now ​closed for the Summer Camp

The RIWP Summer Writing Camp takes place on July 9-20, M-F, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Henry Barnard School at Rhode Island College.

Participants will receive more detailed information about class locations and instructors after registration period has ended in late June.​

The Writing Camp is a program designed for students in grades K-12 who enjoy writing. Staffed by experienced local educators, our camp helps students develop their writing as they share their work in a lively, interactive, and supportive community.

Camp features include:

  • Writing exercises designed to jumpstart thinking and improve each writer’s craft
  • Exploration of the work of published authors to use as models in a variety of genres
  • Freedom to explore individual writing interests
  • Opportunities to collaborate with instructors and peers and to receive constructive feedback for revision
  • A space for students to see themselves as writers with individual voices

At the end of the program, each participant will publish a self-selected piece in a compilation of student writing. All students will receive a copy of their group’s anthology.​​​

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Page last updated: July 03, 2018