Summer Institute


The core work of all NWP sites is an intensive professional development institute. At LAWP, more than 300 teachers have participated in these 20-day Invitational Summer Institutes (ISI) where they share their best ideas about teaching writing, participate in writing groups, discuss academic articles on writing theory and research, and learn from nationally recognized guest speakers. These teachers are selected each spring from a pool of applicants.

Teachers who have completed the ISI become Writing Project Fellows and Teacher Consultants. Based on their skills and interests, many Fellows serve the project by providing professional development in schools or through our “Saturday Seminar” series. Others participate in activities such teaching in our Young Writers’ Camps, facilitating Family Writing Workshops, and engaging in research and leadership activities at the state and national levels. Through these activities, the writing project has had direct impact on the teaching of several thousand of teachers and the learning of tens of thousands of Pre K-College students in our service area.


We are no longer accepting applications.

How do I apply?

Applications for the Summer Institute are available in February of each year. If you would like to request an application by mail or you have any questions regarding the application process, please contact us.

How do I qualify?

  • Have taught for three years or more in any school system
  • Are willing to commit for the entirety of the Institute and have a writing strategy to share
  • Would like to meet others like yourself who are interested and committed to improving the writing and reading skills of your students