Invitational Writing Institutes

This fourteen credit course has two sections: nine credits for three weeks in the summer and five credits for seven Saturday sessions during the school year.

During the summer, teachers write daily and work in a writing group. Each teacher shares a strategy with the group or seek for help on their inquiry question within the group. Throughout the school year sessions, teachers do action based research.

Teachers from all disciplines are encouraged to apply. The application process includes an interview and an orientation.


Teachers of any subject, at all levels (Kindergarten through college) who are interested in writing.


Puget Sound Writing Project Institute Fellows


2015-2016 Institute

June 29 July 10, 2015 (8:30am to 3:30pm) on the Seattle UW Campus

You'll also need to attend:

10 Credits | Cost: $850.00


Application available here!

Completed applications should be sent to:

Holly Stein, Director

Puget Sound Writing Project

University of Washington

Box 354330

Seattle, WA 98195-4430

Priority is given to K-12 teachers. Applicants must be available for the entire program: Orientation, Summer Institute and Institute Continuation. Your application packet should include, in a single envelope or email to

1) Application form, with appropriate signatures.

2) A letter in which you describe:

a. Your beliefs about the teaching of writing, and how these beliefs are reflected in your classroom.

b. Your special interests or thoughts about your own writing.

c. What you hope to gain from your participation in the institute.

d. How your experience will benefit your school, district, and teaching colleagues.

3) A brief description of a lesson plan for a demonstration of a successful writing activity you have used with your students that you might present to the teachers in the institute.

4) Two letters of support from a teacher colleague and a principal, supervisor or department head.

National Board Certification: Many teachers who have completed the Invitational Institute have PSWP work to complement their National Board applications. Teachers have presented at our annual conference and documented the use of PSWP writing strategies in their classrooms.

Graduate Nonmatriculated status : If you are not currently a UW graduate student, but may pursue a graduate degree at the UW in the fututre, you may apply for Graduate Nonmatriculated (GNM) status in order to use Invitational credits towards that degree.

Scholarships: Scholarship money is available on a needs-based priority.


To read about our instructors, go to the PSWP About page