Summer Institute

The 2020 Summer Institute dates are June 8-18 (no Fridays).

Are you interested in having some time to write this summer? Do you want to become a better teacher of writing? Are you looking for colleagues to talk to about writing and the teaching of writing? The Columbus-Area Writing Project (CAWP) Summer Institute is designed for teachers from all disciplines and all level of instruction, including kindergarten, elementary school, middle school, high school, community college, and university who are interested in writing and teaching writing. The CAWP Summer Institute is based on the philosophy of “teachers teaching teachers” and on the importance of teachers themselves writing as a part of improving the teaching of writing. Participating teachers will have the opportunities to learn from each other, to study writing theory and research, to write their own compositions and participate in writing workshops, and to develop leadership and professional development skills in the teaching of writing. This summer we have a special focus on using books and other mentor texts as writers and as teachers of writing.

Summer Institute 2020 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.

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.

SCHEDULE – Two four day weeks on the OSU campus (June 8-11 and June 15-18 ) from 8:30 am till 3:00 pm. Please plan to attend all 8 days.

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.

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: If you are an elementary teacher and apply by April 1, 2020 you will be eligible to receive a gift certificate for $250 to be spent on books that support your young writers for your personal classroom library.

TO APPLY: Fill out the application on the website ( or contact Melissa Wilson,

DEADLINE: April 17, 2020