Oxbow Writing Project Looking for Teachers; Summer Institute Takes Place July 5 to 22

The Oxbow Writing Project’s Summer Institute is a great opportunity for teach to learn more about writing  set for this summer.  Here is the basic information from the Oxbow flyer (which is below, too) that David Martin sent over.

2016 Invitational Summer Institute

July 5-22, 2016

Take advantage of one of Omaha’s premier professional development experiences in July.

Designed for teachers and teaching professionals K-12 in ALL subject areas, including math, art, science, library, counseling, as well as English and Language Arts.


  • Learn ways to incorporate best writing practices into your own classroom environment
  • Help students write to discover and learn
  • Complete in-depth inquiry into a subject of your choice [teaching, pedagogy, writing]
  • Time and space to play with your own writing in a supportive environment
  • Teachers empowering teachers
  • 3+ hours of graduate credit
  • Plus a stipend

Here is part of the flyer for easier viewing . . . click and check it all out

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The official application is available by clicking on this link (it’s a pdf) — 2016 ISI Application Form

The Oxbow Writing Project is part of the National Writing Project, a network of 200 projects nationwide. From the nwp.org website: “Educators play a vital role in leading sustained efforts to improve learning in schools and communities. NWP leaders study and share effective practices that enhance youth writing and learning, work collaboratively with other educators, design resources, and take on new roles in effecting positive change.”

For more information and directions for applying, visit http://cas.unomaha.edu/oxbow
Or contact Dr. Maggie Christensen, Director of Oxbow Writing Project, at mchristensen@unomaha.edu


Fridays from the Journal — Road Trips

By NorthernMagnolia (Photographed by NorthernMagnolia) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
By NorthernMagnolia (Photographed by NorthernMagnolia) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

This essay from Becky Breed is all about summer (which is not that far off.)  Breed is  a veteran poet and essayist.  She co-writes a weekly blog www.writeincommunity.com that provides inspiration and encouragement for writers of all levels and interests.  Want to check out the current edition of Fine Lines?  Follow this link.



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Fine Lines Writing Camp 2012

Fine Lines Summer Camp 2012

This is our thirteenth year sponsoring Fine Lines creative writing summer camps for students of all ages. Join writers who add clarity and passion to their lives with the written word.

We will have fun with sentences, learn to play while developing poems-stories-essays, and discover creative corners of our minds that we did not know existed. Metaphorically, we will take our journal under a “shade tree” and talk together about issues that matter. We will swim around important “buoys” in our educational journeys. We will row a boat to a “lighthouse” that shows us our path through the fog. We will take our minds for a “jog” to the library. We will learn to write more, write faster, and write better. More than anything, though, we will create time to dream about our ideas and celebrate the power and beauty of words.

Where: Beveridge Magnet Middle School

1616 South 120 st, Omaha

When: June 11-15, 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Contact the school office if you have questions (402) 557-4000.
Use PayPal (button below) or make checks out to Fine Lines ($150/person). The registration fee includes a notebook, a camp t-shirt, frequent snacks, daily guest speakers, editing help for your writing, and a yearly subscription to the Fine Lines Journal.

Click Here to Download the Flier: 2012CampApp

Click the button below to make a paypal payment! Or download the attached form, fill it out and send it in! Hope to see you there!