9th Annual Writing Institute

9th Annual PA Writing Institute

The Annual Pennsylvania Writing Institute is an invigorating week of professional learning and sharing. Participants will spend the mornings during the week with nationally-renowned speakers, and will have an opportunity to interact with them after lunch in a Question-Answer format. Following each day’s Question-Answer session, participants will break into grade-alike sessions to develop themselves as writers, and as teachers of writing, under the direction of talented teacher-facilitators. Respect for the work that teachers do, and for the knowledge that they bring, is paramount in this Institute. This year’s Institute will feature speakers Kate Messner, Donna Topping, David Somaza and Peter Lourie, Lisa Donohue, and A.S. King. Participants will have an opportunity to work with Institute Co-directors Donna Topping and Kim McCollum-Clark, and Facilitators Karen Davis, Sallie Shepherd, Lynne Dorfman, Sue Mowery, Lisa Roth Walter, Michelle O’Brien, and Anne Shober.

Course/Important Information

Course: EDUC 587.02 or ENGL 668.02
CRN: 4321 or 4290
Location: Gordinier Conference Center
Room: Lehr
Meeting Dates: August 6 - 10, 2012
Meetings Times: 8:00am - 4:30pm

Institute Co-Directors

Dr. ToppingDr. McCollum-Clark

Dr. Donna Topping & Dr. Kimberly McCollum-Clark


Institute Facilitators

Anne Schober, Donna Topping, Karen Davis, Kim McCollum-Clark , Lisa Roth Walter, Lynne Dorfman, Michelle O'Brien, Sallie Shepherd, Sue Mowery

Institute Itinerary

Monday: Kate Messner - Real Revision
Tuesday: Donna Topping - Playful Grammar
Wednesday:David Somoza & Peter Lourie - Writing to Explore: Discovering Adventure in the Reseach Paper
Thursday: Lisa Donohue - The Write Voice
Friday: A.S. King - A Visit with an Author


Institute Speakers

Kate Messner

Kate Messner



Dr. Donna Topping

Dr. Donna Topping



David Somoza Peter Lourie

David Somoza and Peter Lourie



Lisa Donohue

Lisa Donohue



A.S. King

A.S. King


Want to learn more about the above speakers? Click here to read their bios.

2017 Schedule

Credits: All participants will receive 3 graduate credits for the summer institute. 

Tuition/Fees: Institutes are unique 3 credit graduate courses, that highlight renowned experts in the field. Institutes include breakfast and lunch throughout the day, as well as handouts and materials. Books may be required courses, please check with the university bookstore. Millersville University graduate tuition and fees can be found on the Office of Student Accounts page. In addition, a $165 institute fee is required.

Note: If you have not taken any graduate-level course or workshop at Millersville University within the past 5 years, you must complete the online non-degree admission form; this information is necessary to admit you to the university.

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