The Lowcountry Writing Project, Charleston’s local affiliate of the National Writing Project, is accepting applications for the 2013 Invitational Summer Institute.

The institute brings together teachers in all grade levels and all disciplines for four weeks of reading, writing, research and practice.

Participants, invited on the basis of an application and a personal interview, meet each day to write, discuss their writing, read about and discuss effective ways to teach writing and use writing as a learning tool.

They also research writing topics of their choice and improve teaching practices by leading or taking part in demonstrations of effective teaching practices.

Participants earn six hours of graduate credit. A grant covers the cost of tuition and books.

Most sessions will take place at The Citadel, with two Wednesday sessions at The Citadel Beach House. There will a preinstitute conference March 16, along with a writing marathon April 20.

Applicants need to be able to attend all sessions.

Applications are due Jan. 25, followed by an interview at The Citadel on Jan. 28.

Applications are available online at www.citadel.edu/writingproject.

For additional information, call 953-1418, email LWP@citadel.edu or visit the website.