Human-Centered Writing Instruction: A Yearlong Institute

This yearlong institute from UW-Madison’s Greater Madison Writing Project will ground participants in practice and pedagogy that centers humanity in writing instruction. Teaching in an ever-evolving landscape presents challenges and opportunities; together we will take time to pause, listen, and learn while also reconnecting with our own practice as writers and our values as educators. 

Whether your concern is navigating a challenging landscape of information literacy, or creating critical, creative, and knowledgeable readers and writers, this experience will bring together a community of reflective practitioners dedicated to navigating these ever-evolving challenges while maintaining focus on developing the human-writers in our classrooms. 

Starting with a week dedicated to personal and professional learning in summer 2024 and following an action research model through the 24-25 school year, this year long institute allows educators to dig deeply into their own practice, engage with a question throughout the year, and “go public with their practice” by preparing a workshop to share with fellow practitioners.

Participants will…

  • Connecting to self and others through personal and professional writing
  • Gain support from GMWP facilitators and thinking partners
  • Identify an area of interest for independent or small-group research 
  • Utilize an action research model to support inquiry, data collection, and new learning
  • Share process and findings in a educator-led professional development workshop

When: Summer 2024 & School year 24-25

  • Summer – August 5 – 9, 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
  • School Year – monthly meetings 5-8PM (Dates: 10/2, 11/6, 12/4, 1/15, 2/19, 3/19, 4/26, 5/21)

Where: Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Who: Open to all educators

Cost: $1,200 / educator; reduced rate $900 / educator available for  3+ from the same organization and / or GMWP Members.

Questions? Contact Mark Dziedzic ( or Bryn Orum (

Registration Now Open!