Summer Institute

The application window for the Summer Institute is currently closed. Check back here in the spring of 2021 for information about the 2021 Summer Institute.

Summer InstituteEach summer, exemplary teachers come together in an invitational summer institute where they demonstrate and examine their classroom practice, study the latest research about teaching writing, explore best practices, develop their own writing skills, and network with an expanding diverse writing community. All of this takes place in a warm writing community that includes great food, interesting conversations, and exciting field trips. As a result of these activities, teachers are better prepared for their own classrooms and for teaching other teachers.

This teachers-teaching-teachers idea is the heart of the Writing Project. Our Summer Institute begins during June and continues throughout the school year. Selected teachers will receive professional development credit and books, plus the opportunity to become a member of a network of educational leaders.


Summer Institute"UWP taught me how to nurture and develop the writer. All students are writers but not all realize that. I have learned how to find the writer within each child using the writing workshop method. It has helped to broaden their perspective of what it means to write and how to write."
Summer Institute"UWP has impacted my instruction of writing greatly. By applying the skills and instruction from classes I took through the UWP, I was made aware of my areas of weakness and strengths as a writing teacher. Also, because of the opportunities afforded me by the UWP, I am able to engage and share with other writing teachers across the country."