LOWP Founders




 Mary Kay Deen and Dr. Frances Weiler began their affiliation with The National Writing Project as fellows of The South Mississippi Writing Project, housed on the Hattiesburg campus.  Dr. Jeanne Ezell, then director of SMWP, asked the two ladies to facilitate a satellite summer institute on the Gulf Park campus.  

Within two years, Mary Kay and Frances had recruited enough participants that it seemed appropriate to ask The National Writing Project's permission to create a new site. In the fall of 2001, Elaine moved to The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast and agreed to take on the role of site director.  Together, the three ladies completed the work of writing a funding proposal, garnering support from university stakeholders, and naming the organization: The Live Oak Writing Project.
 Mary Kay Deen Dr. Frances Weiler
Dr. J. Elaine White