Happy Spring/Summer 2019!


OWPC continues to offer two annual Institutes in the Teaching of Writing, and celebrates each teacher who transitions to Teacher Consultant through an immersive experience in the teaching and learning of writing. Whether you’re interested in a shorter intensive institute experience in the summer months or a one-weekend-a-month format in the winter/spring, we hope you’ll consider applying to be part of this professional community.

Institutes in the Teaching of Writing

2019 Summer Institute: Apply now!

We are accepting applications for our upcoming 2019 Summer Institute, led by director Susanna Thornhill, and TCs Tracy Velez (Corvallis) and Angela Newport (McMinnville). We’ll be back at Broadway Commons to connect with our Salem folks, so we hope to have a solid crowd of teacher writers in the area. Apply now to earn three graduate credits or 45 PDUs. Tuition rates for this course are reduced and often districts will reimburse. 

Saturday, July 27: Orientation | 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Monday-Friday, July 29 to August 9 | 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m

Broadway Commons
1300 Broadway St NE #100
Salem, OR 97301

Help us spread the word! Feel free to send, print, and distribute Summer Institute flyers (PDF and PNG) to your local schools and educators.

Apply Online

2019 Winter Institute Recap

Ten teachers and a four-coach teaching team met together one weekend a month during our 2019 Winter Institute. Teachers from Vancouver, Oregon City, Hillsboro, and McMinnville joined together to write into the room, share model lessons, and think deeply about our practice. This year’s group was enthusiastic about poetry, flash fiction, supporting second-language writers, and focusing on joy in writing. Read some snippets of the brilliant writing that came out of this Institute below. For our last day together, we combined a Writing Marathon with our Portfolio Celebration and celebrated the fruits of a renewed commitment to writing in community.

Teacher’s First Day of School
A Writer is One Who Writes and My Name

Young Writers' Camps

2019 camps are open for registration!

Check out our YWC offerings and forward to other students and teachers! Download the 2019 YWC Flyer (PDF or PNG).

Myths & Tales: Fantasy in Word and Art
July 22-26 | Grades 5-9 | $95

From Spiderman to Cinderella, Hercules to Harry Potter, myths to fairytales, and novels to comic books, fantasy transforms us! Through writing and drawing, we will explore the fantasy genre and create our own myths and tales, all while taking our skills as readers and writers to the next level. Students will leave with a keepsake anthology of their own work and connections to kids who share their passion for writing.
Led by teacher-consultant Laura Shingleton.

Mysteries at the Museum: Stories of mayhem, mystery, and more!
July 29 - August 2 | Grades 6-12 | $95

Want to know how to create a mystery? Come write, untangle, and solve your own stories while practicing your writing skills in a fun and collaborative environment. We will explore plot design, character development, and new techniques to improve your writing, as well as sharpen the ones you have. This workshop is designed to not only help you grow as a writer, but set you on the path of the lucrative mystery writer.
Led by teacher-consultant Christy Beckstrom.

Both camps will be held at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art in Salem. Spots are limited.
New this year: $10 off each for registering with a sibling or friend, or for signing up for both camps!

Theatre Design Institute

Do you know any high school teachers involved in your school's theatre productions who would be interested in a professional development opportunity? Tell them about GFU's Theatre Design Institute! TDI equips high school educators in the areas of design and technical theatre, inspires them to turn their production ideas into reality, and helps them build stronger arts education programs. There will be two workshops this summer, both in July. More information and registration on the TDI webpage.