Summer Writing Retreat at the Breaks

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Retreat Location: the beautiful Breaks Interstate Park


Lodging Information: available at

For more information about the Appalachian Writing Project 2017 Summer Writing Retreat, contact:

Continuity Director and Retreat Coordinator Robin Charles at

Retreat Coordinator Rita Justice at


Lodging and Meals:

The AWP 2017 Summer Writing Retreat is held at the Breaks Interstate Park Conference Center. We will break for delicious meals at the Rhododendron Restaurant, which is a part of the conference center complex. A full menu is available. (Meals are not included in the tuition fee.) Information is available at this URL.

Multiple hotel units are adjacent to the conference center, which is a short walk from your hotel door. (Please note that the tuition fee does not include lodging. You will need to make your own lodging arrangements. You’ll find the lodging rates to be quite reasonable.) Lodging and campsite information is available at this URL.

There are countless opportunities for recreation at the Breaks Park, including breathtaking views. Our retreat will offer opportunities for short hikes/walks, yoga, and a campfire/sing-along in addition to the writing workshops. We hope you’ll join us!


The AWP has been training teachers and college faculty to become Teacher Consultants since 2001. Once a teacher or college faculty member joins our network, his/her influence spreads far and wide to improve the teaching of writing in all content areas and in all levels. Each year, the AWP selects a group of experienced and talented individuals from all disciplines and all levels to attend the kickoff session, two week institute, and fall follow-up. Fellows share their writing and expertise and later work as consultants within our organization.

At the Summer Institute, fellows:

         • Examine issues in the teaching of writing

         • Improve the use of writing to deepen and extend learning in all curricular areas

         • Present and demonstrate approaches to the teaching of writing

         • Study current and past research in the field

         • Write in various modes and from different points of view, including a position paper on teaching and using writing to improve instruction

Participants may receive  three undergraduate credits in education from the UVA’s College at Wise (the equivalent of 90 recertification points)  OR a modest  stipend. On-campus housing is available for the duration of the Institute.

AWP fellows are expected to continue forward with our site as an active member, participating in in-service and continuity events whenever possible. However, if you are interested in attending the Summer Institute for a certificate of attendance for recertification only, an invitation may be extended, but without the tuition scholarship, benefits, and expectations of Teacher Consultant (TC) membership.