Invitational Summer Institute

The Summer 2021 Invitational Summer Institute has been canceled. We look forward to being together soon!

We are happy to announce that GMWP is offering our first ever online yearlong institute: What We Can Become. We hope you will consider joining us!

IMAGINE  . . .

  • a nationally-acclaimed professional learning community that puts the knowledge, experience, and voices of teachers at the center;
  • the power of your own writing and scholarly inquiry;
  • the skills and confidence to take your writing instruction into the digital age;
  • the support, resources, and opportunities you need to have the career of your dreams.


About the Institute
The Greater Madison Writing Project’s (GMWP) Invitational Summer Institute brings together a select group of outstanding teachers working with student-writers in all academic content areas and at all grade levels, kindergarten through college. Supported by the GMWP directors and each other, these teachers spend four weeks immersed in writing, reading, and teacher inquiry workshops, ultimately returning to their schools as GMWP Teacher-Leaders. In this capacity they may provide professional development within their districts, present their research in local, regional, and national venues, and contribute to the ongoing growth of the GMWP—to name just a few of countless possibilities. In this way, the Summer Institute represents the first leg in what thousands of Writing Project Teacher-Leaders around the country have described as a career-transforming journey.

Application and Selection Process
In assembling a cohort of 14-18 teachers for the GMWP Summer Institute, the selection committee will prioritize diversity across grade levels (K-16), content areas, regions (urban, rural, suburban), and school districts (small and large).

Cellmer Fellowships

All participants will be offered a Cellmer Fellowship which covers the cost of participation ($2,000) and six graduate credits from UW-Madison.

Summer Institute Application

  • Max. file size: 24 MB.
    Please include an essay of no more than 1,000 words in which you address: - how you teach writing and why you teach it that way - your reasons for wanting to become a part of the Greater Madison Writing Project - the attributes that you would bring to the project as a teacher, learner, and writer Special note: Just as there's no one right way to teach writing, there are no right answers to the above prompts. Please be candid and be yourself. In that same spirit, we encourage you to construct your essay in a way that best represents your own talents, interests, voice, and style.
  • Max. file size: 24 MB.
    Upload a copy of your resume here.
  • Max. file size: 24 MB.