Friday, August 14, 2009

Sign Up for Digital Storytelling Class

Digital Storytelling, Fall 2009

EDUC 587 (3 Credit hours)
Sept. 1, 5, 8, and 29; Oct. 3 and 6; Nov. 3, 7 and 10
Tuesday classes 5:15-8:15, Saturday Classes 9:00 AM -5:00 PM

This course offers teachers a chance to learn about digital media that will engage and motivate their students while earning three hours of graduate credit (for EDUC 587). Participants spend much of their time working with software and applications such as Microsoft Photo Story, Windows Movie Maker, and Audacity to create, edit and showcase stories told with digital media.

Instructor: Emily Elliott, M.Ed., is an Educational Technology Specialist for Charleston County School District , the Technology Liaison for the LWP, and the director of the 2009 LWP Young Writers Camp. While completing her Masters in Educational Technology at USC Aiken, she developed the LWP's first technology course, which was offered in fall of 2008. This fall will be Emily's second time leading the Digital Storytelling course.

Teachers in Charleston, Berkeley, Dorchester, Beaufort, and Colleton counties are welcome to apply.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

National Day on Writing Teacher Packet Available

The Lowcountry Writing Project is partnering with NCTE and NWP to bring the National Day on Writing to the Lowcountry. Our theme is "Celebrating the Lowcountry through Writing" and there are many ways for interested teachers to get involved. You can: submit student or personal writing to the National Gallery of Writing Online, submit student or personal writing for a public reading and celebration on October 20, or take part in a free writing marathon event on September 12 that lets you and a friend enjoy a Lowcountry activity and write about it (if you like). If you are interested in participating in any or all of these events please contact or go to our website for an information packet.

If you would like to volunteer to help with the National Day on Writing, please contact the following team leaders:

* Event Planner for Sept 12 Writing Marathon Day: Trish Vicino (with help from writing tour leaders BJ Ruddy, Richard Ridley, Delores Schweitzer, and others to be named later).
* Event Planner for Oct 20th Public Reading: Tom Thompson (with help from Lauren, Genie, Trish, Peachey, Jan, and others to be named later).
* Curator of LWP Gallery: Amy Hudock (with Trish Vicino and Lauren Roberts assisting).
* Media relations: Tom Thompson and Amy Hudock

* Contact person for CCSD teachers: Emily Elliot
* Contact person for DD2 teachers: Genie Shaughnessy
* Contact person for BCSD teachers: Trish Vicino

We need for EVERY TC to spread the word at their own schools.

Those of you who offered to help as readers or as group leaders, someone should be getting in touch with you soon. You can find these team leaders by joining our group on Facebook and clicking on their name/picture in the "members" list.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Seeking Volunteers for National Day on Writing activites

The LWP is recruiting volunteers. The National Day on Writing is coming up on Tuesday, October 20, and we need lots of help to run our local activities.

LWP Teaching Consultants
We now have a great opportunity for lots of TCs to get involved. And if you have yet to repay those three “units” of service from the Summer Institute, it’s a great way to finish that bit of business, too.

Specifically, we need the following:

* People to lead writing groups (of teachers) for mini-marathons
* Someone to handle publicity (i.e., get the word out to the schools and the press)
* Someone to coordinate the Oct 20 event (secure a forum, invite guests, create the program, etc)
* Maybe people to serve on a committee to handle the various parts of the Oct 20 event
* Someone to collect submissions and overseeing the selection of papers for the Oct 20 event
* People to read the papers and help select invitees for the Oct 20 event
* Somebody to edit whatever hard copy publication comes out of the event

Serving in any ONE of these capacities will earn you a “unit” of payback, and you can serve in multiple capacities.

Professional Writers and Editors

We need professional writers and editors to serve as mentors on writing tours for teachers. Local publications can send their writers to events, publish stories about the National Day on Writing leading up the event, and publish writing from the LWP Gallery on October 20th. And we need professional writers and editors to attend the October 20th event, with some doing readings alongside the students from Lowcountry schools.

Teachers and Community Members

Community members who want to support writing can also help. And teachers who'd like to get involved with LWP - this is a great time!

If you are interested, or think you might be interested, please join Tom this coming Friday, August 7, at noon in Capers 111, at the Citadel, for pizza and planning. He need to know how many people are coming so he can order enough pizza. Please reply to, or leave a message at 953-1418, by Wednesday (Aug 5) to let him know.