Summer Institute

The 2017 Summer Institute dates are June 14-30.

Teaching writing is no longer just about personal narrative and memoir. It is now also about political critique, argumentation and making an impact on the world in which we live. The Columbus-Area Writing Project (CAWP) Summer Institute invites teachers from all disciplines and all level of instruction, including kindergarten, elementary school, middle school, high school, community college, and university to join us this summer in writing to make a difference—in our own lives, in our schools and in our country. Based on a philosophy of “teachers teaching teachers” and on the importance of teachers themselves writing, the CAWP Summer Institute provides opportunities to learn from each other, to study writing theory and research, to write for social action, and to develop leadership and professional development skills in the teaching of writing.

Summer Institute 2017 Activities

TEACHERS WRITING: We spend part of everyday writing and sharing our writing with each other.  We write in many different genres and provide support to work with some of the newer digital and multimodal genres.

TEACHERS SHARING TEACHING:  Working collaborative and individually, teacher research and plan lessons/units about how to help their students become proficient writers with the intent that this planning will be using in the upcoming school year.

GUEST SPEAKERS:  Our guest speakers have included nationally renowned teacher-leaders from ReThinking Schools and other universities, local poets, storytellers, journalists, authors as well as presenters on current educational and social justice topics.

READINGS: Readings will be practical, innovative, and theoretically sound. In addition these readings will integrate academic learning and social justice.

FOLLOW-UP ACTIVITIES– Graduates of the Summer Institute are eligible to participate in CAWP events during the academic year as well as enjoy the benefits of being a National Writing Project (NWP) teacher leader.

SCHEDULE – 3 day Retreat from June 14-16 at Kenyon College followed by two weeks on the OSU campus (June 19-23 and June 26-30) from 8:30 am till 3:30 pm.

COSTS – If you are accepted for the CAWP Summer Institute, you must take the course for 2-4 graduate semester hours. You will need to secure tuition waivers or other support from your school district or pay yourself. You cannot take the course for no credits. For more information about costs contact the Registrar’s Office.

The first 15 applicants will be awarded a $500 stipend; the Retreat costs will be paid for all applicants.

TO APPLY: Copy the application from this website, fill it out and submit it to

DEADLINE: March 1, 2017