We know it’s been awhile since you heard from OWPC, but we have a lot going on!  We encourage you to take a look at this newsletter and connect with us to let us know how you might like to be involved.  From Summer Institute offerings, Young Writers’ Camps, and Continuing Education opportunities, we have many ways for you to support writers and teachers across the Willamette Valley.  

OWPC is undergoing a few transitions as we say goodbye to Andrea Byerley and welcome Amy Lutz as our new administrative assistant for OWPC.  Amy is a fantastic Language Arts educator who is teaching classes at GFU and Pacific, and has agreed to come on in an administrative role to further the work of OWPC.  Andrea has been a wonderful support to the site and we wish her well in future endeavors.  Amy, we are glad to have you!  The site also welcomes Gary Dohrer, who recently retired from the Wasatch Range Writing Project in Utah and moved to Salem, Oregon.  Gary has been volunteering his time to support the Site by reaching out to educators in the Willamette Valley.  We are grateful to have him! One additional transition is Karen (Hamlin) Bezanson’s upcoming retirement from full-time faculty work effective July 2017.  Karen is going to stay involved with the Site and continue co-directing alongside Susanna (Steeg) Thornhill, so we’re not saying good-bye to her yet! Susanna and Karen will continue co-directing, with Susanna taking on increasing responsibilities for Site work.  Please reach out to either of us ssteeg@georgefox.edu or kbezanson@georgefox.edu with any questions or concerns.  

College Ready Writers' Grant


We are pleased to announce the receipt of a NWP Grant for supporting College-Ready Writers!  Karen Bezanson and Gary Dohrer are spearheading this effort in the Salem-Keizer school district, but this Advanced Institute opportunity could be expanded to interested teachers outside Salem.  Advanced Institutes are being scheduled now for Summer 2017, with continuing work running through the 2017-18 school year. You can read more about the CRWP here.  Contact Karen Bezanson for more information.

Young Writers Camps for Summer 2017


The site is excited to offer four camp opportunities for K-12 students to engage as writers during the Summer 2017 season.  If you are a teacher interested in helping to run a camp, contact Susanna at ssteeg@georgefox.edu  Please share these camp opportunities with the K-12 students in your life. Check out the website for more information including registration  here. There is something for everyone!

  • Battle of the Books YWC : Online camp for 7-9th grade students: Cost $70 (early bird price before May 1).

  • C3: Code, Create, Compose : A one-week face-to-face writing camp for students entering 3-6th grades, Cost: $125, dates & location TBA, but camp will be held at a Newberg elementary school.  (Check back soon for updated details; we are waiting on district folks to finalize summer scheduling)

  • Intro to College Writing Camp : A 2-week online writing camp that will help you get a start on your college essays!  Camp meets two weeks from July 10-23, 2017, with online feedback offered July 23-28. Offered to students in grades 9-12. Cost: $95. 

  • Art and Writing at the Hattie Ford Museum : A one-week face-to-face writing camp where students, grades 6-8, will spend time learning and writing about art in the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, July 10-14 from 10:00 am - 12:30 pm.  Cost $70 (early bird price before May 1).

Summer Institute 2017


We are actively recruiting teachers to participate in the 2017 Invitational Summer Institute, to be held in Salem from July 24 to August 4, 2017. Full details here.  Please share this opportunity with the teachers in your life by nominating someone you know would benefit from this wonderful learning experience! Or take 5 minutes to apply here .   

What is it?

OWPC Invitational Summer Institute is a life-changing professional learning experience designed and led by teachers.  It facilitates a community of teacher-writers who work together to increase knowledge and practice of the teaching of writing.

When is it?  

2-week F2F Institute will be held Saturday, July 22, and Monday, July 24 through Friday, August 4.  Class meets 9-3 each day.  

Where is it?

SI will be held in a meeting room in Central Salem.  Location TBA soon.  

How do I get invited?  

Interested teachers should complete an application (link this) by April 1, 2017 for early decision and by June 1 if places are still available.  A 30-minute interview via Zoom/Skype is part of the process.  Decisions are made by Institute leaders on a rolling basis.  

Who is the Institute for?  

This is not just for English teachers!  OWPC values diversity in content-areas and grade levels.  All teachers are invited to apply.  

Why should I consider this?  

Your participation in an invitational institute opens the door to a rich professional learning community and connects you to a national network of expert teachers. If you are invited, you are eligible to receive 3 graduate semester credits or 45 PDUs.  Come participate in a growth process that will change your teaching life.  

How much will it cost?  

$425 for PDUs or $1,275 for 3 semester credits. This represents a reduced tuition rate that is only available to OWPC teachers.  Some districts reimburse educators for tuition fees.


Continuing Education Opportunity


Teacher consultant and writing expert Angela Obery is offering a fantastic online professional development opportunity for K-12 teachers.  Earn 15 PDUs ($125) or 1 Continuing Education credit ($475) for Teaching and Writing in the K-12 Classroom.  Dates: June 25-July 8, 2017 in an ONLINE format. Participants will explore process-based writing, writing-to-learn, and instructional writing activities designed to engage students in the K-12 classroom.  Workshop participants will read, write, and gather classroom materials to encourage and grow their student writers.