Invitational Summer Institute 2014

Each summer, IWP invites teachers representing all levels of instruction and all disciplines to the Ball State University campus for an intensive Summer Institute in the Teaching of Writing.  Teachers selected to be fellows in the Institute will receive a stipend and up to 119 Professional Growth Points. 

This summer we will meet for three weeks, beginning with a Saturday pre-Institute retreat. 

  • Summer Institute: June 16 - July 3, 2014

During the Institute, Fellows will present inquiry-based teaching demonstrations, participate in writing groups to share and respond to one another's writing, discuss applications of current research and curricular movements in writing, and enjoy presentations by special guests. 

Fellows frequently tell us that the Summer Institute is the best professional development experience they have ever participated in.  Read comments from past participants >>

Why should teachers get involved with the National Writing Project?

Jeffrey Wilhelm

Our Philosophy

The Summer Institute operates under the belief that the best model for a workshop is teachers teaching teachers. Throughout the institute, participants write, research, and reflect on their teaching, sharing the outcome of these experiences with other participants along the way.

The IWP advances the principles of the National Writing Project through its programs. These overarching principles concisely summarize the perspective we try to promote in teachers of writing, the underlying reasoning for this perspective, and the value we see in it.

  • Writing is pivotal to learning, academic achievement and job success.
  • Writing instruction begins in kindergarten and continues through university.
  • Universities and schools work best when they collaborate in the service of students.
  • Effective teachers of writing are writers.
  • Exemplary teachers make the best teachers of other teachers.
  • Teachers are the key to reform in education.
  • Professional development begins when teachers enter teaching and continues throughout their careers.

Who should apply?

We are looking for applicants who

  • are active classroom teachers or administrators at any grade level, kindergarten through university, and in any discipline.
  • have the potential to influence other educators and become leaders in their schools.
  • have some writing ability.
  • can reflect on their own teaching practice.
  • would enjoy learning from other teachers.


Application for 2014 Invitational Summer Institute (pdf)



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Summer Institute Makes a Difference

"No longer will my students have meaningless writing. No longer will they be writing by themselves as I sit on the side and watch. No longer will I treat their written work as nothing more than an assignment.

"Instead, my classroom will be filled with writers. Writers discussing and sharing their writing. Writers conferencing with one another. Writers publishing work that they are proud of. Writers proud of what they have written. Writers aching with caring."

- Linda Reynolds

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