Summer Writing Institutes

Each of the nearly 200 NWP sites holds an invitational institute every summer. Several thousand teachers participate each year in these institutes, and every year new groups of summer fellows at local sites describe their summer institute experience as “a space for critical reflection so essential to good practice,” “causing a noticeable and great shift in all of my teaching,” “the best professional development I have had in all my years of teaching.”

The invitational summer institute is at the core of NWP’s model of “teachers teaching teachers.” For more about the intentional and complex design of NWP summer institutes and how they support teachers as professionals, as researchers, and as writers, visit the National Writing Project or check out our Summer Institute Brochure.

Here is a video of our 2013 institute:

Enacting Equity, Inquiry and Community in the Humanities: A Summer Institute for Teachers

June 24th – July 25th, 2019-  Monday — Thursday Plymouth Campus.

An intensive summer institute for teachers of the humanities in which they practice humanities skills: reading, listening, critical thinking, writing, inquiry, analysis and discussion and develop integrated critical inquiry units around humanities content in order to help their students become more active, involved and engaged.  Content will include civil and civic discourse, inclusive history, and issues of race and culture, especially as they pertain to education. The institute will run from June 24th through July 25th Monday through Thursday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Public programs will be held from 1:30-4:00 June 25th, July 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd.

Six to nine graduate credits are available at a special rate ($235/credit for NH residents), and participants receive on-campus housing. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all slots are filled. Interviews will be arranged in person or by video.

This project was made possible with support from New Hampshire Humanities, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities. Learn more at:


Advanced Leadership Summer Institute  (Returning Fellows Program)

June 24th – July 25th, 2019 –  Monday — Thursday Plymouth Campus.

This institute is designed for those teacher consultants who have already completed a summer institute at a National Writing Project site. This institute is for those who are seriously committed to the teaching of writing, and see themselves assuming leadership positions in their schools, districts and with the writing project itself. Participants practice leadership and staff development skills through working with teachers of writing at the summer institute. They also deepen their knowledge and scholarship in the field of writing pedagogy. NWPNH Advanced Leadership Summer Institute meet for pre- and post-Institute staff planning days, and during the same five weeks as the Invitational Summer Institute. Institute participants coach summer institute participants on preparing teaching explorations, share in the facilitation of writing and reflective practice groups for summer institute participants, extend their understandings of staff development and leadership through extensive reading in the field of writing pedagogy theory, and apprentice with the instructors at the site. Six graduate credits are available at a reduced rate, and participants receive either a  stipend or on-campus housing.


Consider also our special focus institutes on topics such as argument writing, emotion in writing, writing our communities, and new literacies and digital writing.

Learn more about how to use your institute experience as part of a degree in Literacy and the Teaching of Writing, including an option for a concentration which includes the National Writing Project Teacher Consultant Certificate