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IAWP Invitational Summer Institute

Invitational Summer Institute (ISI)

What is the Invitational Summer Institute?

The Invitational Summer Institute (ISI) is a unique year-long professional learning experience based on teachers teaching teachers by developing, honing, and sharing expertise in the teaching of writing in all genres and across the disciplines, K-University. 

The Inland Area Writing Project hosts an Invitational Summer Institute every other year.  The next one will take place in Summer 2020.

Download the ISI flyer here 


What Happens During the Invitational Summer Institute?

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In a university setting and a collegial atmosphere, you will have the unique professional learning opportunity to:

*  Experience professional renewal in your approaches to teaching writing in all genres across the disciplines, K-University.

*  Participate in a professional learning community that provides sustained support in your writing, research, and implementation of standards-based curricula in your classrooms.

*  Write extensively in personal and professional contexts and for various purposes and audiences.

*  Share effective practices in writing instruction and learn from others’ approaches in a collegial atmosphere.

*  Hone your leadership skills by participating in Focus Groups, planning and presenting at IAWP’s Annual Conference.

*  Share and publish your work in a variety of settings (e.g. IAWP’s Annual Conference, CATE Conference, NWP Anthology).

*  Earn up to eight (8) units of continuing education credit at approximately $70/ unit  (optional).


Space is limited to qualifying educators. Please apply as soon as possible.

What happens after the Invitational Summer Institute?

At the conclusion of the ISI, you will have a plethora of professional growth opportunities through the Inland Area Writing Project.  You will become a teacher leader in the IAWP, the California Writing Project (CWP), and the National Writing Project (NWP). You will be eligible to lead IAWP professional learning initiatives in local, state, and national contexts. You will also continue to receive sustained support within an established cadre of Writing Project professionals in the form of a Professional Learning Community.

 What are the dates for the 2019 Invitational Summer Institute?

To be announced.  If you have questions, please contact us at or 951-827-3666.


The following information is about the 2018 ISI and it provides an overall idea about the duration and structure of the institute:

Application Deadline

▪       April 9, 2018

 Selection Interview

▪      April 16 OR 18, 2018: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm (please keep both of these available until further notice)

 Pre-Institute Meetings

 ▪     May 12, 2018: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm AND

▪      May 26, 2018: 9:00 am-3:00 pm

 Invitational Summer Institute – ISI (Main Institute)

▪      Week 1: Monday, June 18 - Friday, June 22: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

▪      Week 2: Monday, June 25 - Friday, June 29: 9:00 am-3:00 pm

▪      Week 3: Monday, July 2 - Tuesday, July 3: 9:00 am-3:00 pm


Four Follow-Up Days in 2017-2018 School Year:

November 4th, IAWP Annual Conference Day

 Dates (Saturdays) to be determined for:

▪      August and October 2018

▪      February and April 2019

How do I apply for the 2018 Invitational Summer Institute by April 9, 2018?

Download and fill out an “Application for the 2018 Invitational Summer Institute” here

or complete the online application:

Be sure to email the following to

a)    Résumé

b)    Personal Statement: Please describe yourself as a writer, your philosophy of teaching writing, your approaches to different student groups, your professional development goals, and the specific questions about writing instruction that you may want to explore during the Invitational Summer Institute.

 c) One letter of recommendation:  Letter from a Writing Project Teacher Consultant, administrator, or other educator qualified to comment on your teaching and professional work.  You may attach it to your application or send it separately. 

If you have any questions, feel free to contact IAWP at: or (951) 827 3666.

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