April 21, 2009
A three-week seminar for kindergarten through college-level teachers to explore the teaching and uses of writing will be held at Morningside College from Monday, July 6, through Friday, July 24 in room 103 of the Lincoln Center, 3627 Peters Ave.
The seminar is sponsored by the Iowa Writing Project (IWP) and the University of Northern Iowa.
The IWP will focus on the teaching of writing across disciplines and program levels. The morning portion of the sessions will focus on reading and discussing professional literature about writing pedagogy and the afternoon session, an informal writing workshop, will offer participants an opportunity to experiment with their own writing and with giving different types of feedback to other participants.
Facilitators for the event will be Marty Knepper and Rod Cameron, both members of the IWP board.
Knepper is a professor of English, chair of the English department, and interim chair of the theatre department at Morningside College. She has been a part of the faculty at Morningside since 1984. A writer and editor, she has co-facilitated several Iowa Writing Project seminars for teachers in the past, as well as seminars on Teaching Shakespeare.
Rod Cameron is a teacher in advanced placement literature and composition at Abraham Lincoln High School in Council Bluffs, Iowa. He earned his master’s degree at Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg. Cameron has been facilitator for several IWP institutes across Iowa. He earned his National Board of Professional Teaching Standards Certification in 2002 and has served on the board for IWP for several years.
The fee for the seminar is $400. The institute will accept a maximum of 25 participants and is open to all teachers of all levels and subjects. The initial registration deadline is June 15. Register early to secure a spot. To register, go online to www.uni.edu/continuinged/iwp/. For further information please contact Marty Knepper through email at email@example.com or by calling 712-274-5264.
“I’ve participated in quite a few IWP projects, as facilitator and as participant, and it is always a terrific experience. I never know what I’m going to write or learn, but I always write surprising pieces and learn new teaching strategies.” Knepper said. “One of the nice things about these workshops is the time for activities teachers never have time for during the school year: reading about teaching, teacher talk, and writing and sharing with colleagues.”