I just returned home from a mini-marathon in preparation for the Advanced Institute sponsored by the Southeastern Louisiana Writing Project. It was, as writing project activities always are, a wonderful experience. We spent six hours wandering around town writing. There is nothing quite like it.
Monday I will be attending a workshop by Jeff Wilhelm, author of Reading Don't Fix No Chevys. (You can read a review published by NCTE here.) Then on the 18th I start the two week Institute. I am really looking forward to it.
If you are an educator in the US and don't know about the National Writing Project, please check it out. It doesn't matter what you teach; we can all learn a lot!