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University of Colorado Denver College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

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.

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 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 and July, 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.

Click here​ to learn more about summer institute.​​

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