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Denver Writing Project

Denver Writing Project

Imagine spending three weeks completely immersed in the teaching of writing and your own development as a writer. Put yourself into an institute classroom one sunny morning, where you find your teacher is one of the metro area’s best writing teachers demonstrating her most successful approach to teaching writing. Then, over lunch, you talk with a fellow teacher and an institute consultant about new approaches to integrating state standards with how you teach writing to your students.

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Invitational Summer Institute Participants Pictured Above

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2014 Invitational Summer Institute Participants Pictured Above

Or put yourself into this scene: as you sit at a picnic table on historic Ninth Street, shaded by a giant elm, munching popcorn, you read a draft of a story you’re working on to three of your institute fellows; they talk with you about their experience of your narrative, and then they read theirs. Finally, see yourself at the Friday afternoon pot lucks, where you and your new professional colleagues break bread and build friendships further.


These scenarios take place every week during the Denver Writing Project's Invitational Summer Institute. As a member of this exciting and imaginative program, you can earn up to nine University of Colorado graduate credits or none at all--your choice. For three weeks in June, you and roughly twenty other institute teachers gather on the Auraria Campus to learn proven methods for teaching writing; study research, theory, and pedagogy for teaching writing; and work on your own self-designed writing projects. When you complete the three-week session, you may be selected to become part of the DWP outreach teacher corps who conduct teaching-of-writing workshops, based on their institute experience, in Front Range schools and colleges.

The DWP quicky becomes a professional home for educator-participants from all grade levels and subject areas, with year-round opportunities to stay connected.

Richard Argys, Nicole Piasecki, and Keith Garvert - 2014 ISI Directors

Quotes from Recent Participants

"I am a writer. I always will be a writer. I just needed the Denver Writing Project to remind me of that.​" -Audra Binney, 2014 ISI Alum

"This three week professional development, workshop, collaborative environment, day camp, field trip, whatever you may call it, was one of the best experiences of my life and I am forever grateful.​" -Danielle Hunter, 2014 ISI Alum

"The DWP [became] my summer outward-bound writing adventure of a lifetime." - Mary Weberg, 2014 ISI Alum

"In a few weeks, I began to see myself as a writer who teaches…not simply a teacher who writes as a hobby. Writing takes a lot of effort, time, and guts. Teaching does too. And next year my students will honestly see me doing both.​" - Raylene Kaufman, 2014 ISI Alum

Click here​ to learn more about applying to participate in an upcoming DWP Invitational Summer Institute.​​

Want to know more about our National Writing Project site? 

DWP Dispatch Newsletter Archive​ (spring 2014) (web link)

dwp newsletter 10_23.compressed.pdf2014 fall newsletter (pdf)

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