Invitational Summer Institute

The Hoosier Writing Project, an affiliate of the National Writing Project, will not offer our Invitational Summer Institute in summer 2024. We are taking a summer to do strategic planning for the future. We encourage interested educators to look forward to a resumption of the Invitational Summer Institute in summer 2025. Meanwhile, check out our other programming, as well as the Indiana Teachers of Writing fall conference.

The Invitational Summer Institute is an intensive, interactive workshop on the teaching of writing at all levels and in any discipline. Teachers who have done an NWP Summer Institute say it is the best professional development experience of their careers. Books and articles about professional development have shown why and how NWP is the best teacher professional development around and has been for 30-plus years.

Our Invitational Summer Institute includes teaching demonstrations, discussion of theory and practice in the teaching of writing, individual writing time, and writing response groups. Participants investigate a teaching-related question.

These institutes are for classroom teachers, K-university, who

  • have potential to influence other teachers;
  • are willing to work on their writing and believe teachers of writing should be writers;
  • enjoy learning from fellow teachers.

We expect graduates of our Summer Institute to become teacher leaders, not only improving learning in their own classrooms, but also helping other teachers do the same.

We welcome all teachers: elementary level teachers, English language arts teachers, content area teachers (we’ve had art, music, social science, science, world languages, and math teachers), and ELL teachers. The Writing Project sees all teachers as teachers of writing.

You can do the institute for graduate credit (3-4 credit hours). If a teacher is not doing the institute for graduate credit, we request the district, school, college or university to help cover HWP’s expenses for the institute.

If you have questions, contact Steve Fox (; 317-278-2054). Also see the NWP website at

Come back to this page in January 2025!