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University of Colorado Denver College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Denver Writing Project

Invitational Summer Institute

A Unique Professional Development Opportunity for Teachers​
Are you interested in participating in the 2016 Denver Writing Project Invitational Summer Institute? 
We are accepting applications and will accept teachers on a rolling basis. We have room for 15 teachers to participate in 2016.


June ​13 - July 1st (Monday through Friday from 9am-4:30pm) - Graduate Credit is optional but available (up to six hours may be applied to an M.A. in English or Education with advisor's approval).

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 yo​u 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 Common Core 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. 

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.

Regular activities include: Interaction with guest writers who are published authors, demonstrations of teaching best practices (by teacher participants), discussion of common texts, and time to focus on your own writing and work with a writing group.

Institute fellows will complete three pieces of self-sponsored writing (memoir, poetry, teaching statement, short story, digital story, This I Believe, etc.). One of these three pieces should relate to the teaching profession.

As a member of this exciting and imaginative program, you can earn up to six University of Colorado graduate credits that can be applied toward a master's degree in English or Education with an advisor's approval. (The cost of credit is based on the CU Denver Graduate Tuition Schedule for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.) 

We pay participants a small stipend to offset parking costs, travel fees, and institute materials that you purchase. The stipend may fluc​tuate from year to year, depending on our program's funding. The 2016 stipend will be $350.00.

We hope to receive applications from teachers who specialize in varying content areas, who teach a variety of grade levels (K through college), and who define themselves as life-long learners. We are also eager to receive applications from people of color who meet the criteria above.​

Please contact with questions or call the DWP office at 303-556-8394. 

The 2016 ISI application instructions will be available soon.