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Writing Project Summer Invitational Institute – Apply by March 22

March 22

Writing Project Summer Invitational 2023 Participants

Marquisha Flowers teaches secondary English.  She is a National Board Certified Teacher in Adolescence and Young Adulthood/English Language Arts, UCLA Writing Project Fellow, and Teach Plus California Instructional Leadership Fellow. She develops curricular and instructional resources and strategies that include mastery learning and grading, student engagement, and differentiation to bridge rigor gaps and provide students with the tools to be successful. She believes that all students can learn and should have access to rigorous, engaging, authentic, and creative learning experiences that honor their voices.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts in English and Sociology from UC Berkeley, Master of Arts in Education from Pepperdine University, and Doctor of Education in Leadership from the University of Southern California.

Sasha Avila studied art history and world literature at UC Irvine, later earning her credential and masters at UCLA. It was here at UCLA where she grew into a social justice educator and anti-racist advocate. She is now an English teacher at California High School where she reads literature with her students and gets to see them instilled with a sense of agency, empathy, cultural awareness, and solidarity. She is forever grateful for her experiences at UCLA as a student and Writing Project Fellow.

Faye Peitzman, teacher-professor at UCLA, started her academic journey at the University of Pennsylvania and earned her doctorate at New York University. She is grateful for the many years she’s directed the UCLA Writing Project, learning from teachers who share just how they go about reaching their students and guiding them to claim the identity of writer. Faye will tell you how she admires birds with wide wing-spans, the ones who fly across oceans, and who always seem to know when to flap their wings and when to soar.

Daniel teaches history in the Humanitas Magnet for Interdisciplinary Studies at U.S. Grant High School. He has taught in the LAUSD since 2003. He’s a National Board Certified Teacher and has worked with the UCLA Writing Project since 2009. Spending a few weeks each summer writing and discussing teaching with a new group of amazing Los Angeles educators is a true highlight of his year. Plus, it gives him time to catch up on all of the writing Daniel should have been doing during the rest of the year.

Refine, elevate, and celebrate how you teach writing. Join other educators in the greater Los Angeles area who put students center stage. The UCLA Writing Project invites you to apply for our Summer Invitational Institute where you’ll be immersed in the teaching of writing. You will demonstrate your own prized practices, learn from a wonderful group of colleagues, and develop your own writing craft. Issues of social justice will be both the backdrop and foreground of our endeavors.  We’ll point to the intersection of race and language.  We’ll cultivate a space for educational dialogue centered on anti-racism and anti-racist teaching of writing. English, social studies, mathematics, world language teachers, and all teachers of multi-lingual learners—this Project is for all of us!

JUNE 24 – 27
JULY 1 – 3, 8 – 11 & 15 – 18, 2024

Monday – Thursday, 9AM – 3:30PM at UCLA

Two Pre-Institute meetings, dates TBA

Institute Leaders

Faye Peitzman
Director, UCLA Writing Project

Daniel Buccieri
Grant High School

The Writing Project Invitational gave me a joyful purpose, moments to learn, and many lessons that I can take back to my classroom.”

What We’ll Do During the Invitational
  • Experience workshops centered on what really works in our teaching of writing.
  • Write—in a variety of genres—and engage in a small writing group for attention, appreciation and suggestions for the next draft.
  • Participate in a small-group Professional Literature Circle.
  • Curate a collection of teaching strategies to reach ALL of our students.
  • Explore what affirming our students’ gender identities means.
  • Engage in critical conversations about combating anti-black racism in the classroom and in the teaching of writing.
  • We will construct our own definition of anti-racist teaching of writing.
No Fee, Plus a Stipend
  • A fellowship covers the full tuition for the four-week workshop, plus participants will receive a $400 stipend.

Apply Here

Write your personal statement in one document:

Provide a cover page with your contact information: name, phone, email address, name of school, current grade level and subjects taught.

  1. Introduce your students. Who are they and what do they bring to your classroom? Describe and reflect on a writing lesson or strategy that has worked well (2-3 pages).
  2. Describe yourself as a writer: i.e., your experiences, your joys, your hesitations (1 page).
  3. What do you consider the most important focus area for writing instruction—right now?

Please include your full name in the filename of your personal statement.

Email application to:
Faye Peitzman,
Please copy Daniel Buccieri, , and Nancy Lee Sayre,

Application deadline –
March 22, 2024

You will be asked to describe your lesson in a small group interview.

We are able to offer 15 fellowships.

More Quotes from Participants

“This invitational was life-changing for me. I have regained my confidence in writing, and I am willing to take risks I hadn’t thought of before. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”


“For the first time in my life, I felt that my writing was validated. I feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to engage in writing this summer because everything has changed for me. I plan on being a published writer one day!”


“I am so thankful that I got to be a part of this group this summer! Everyone was so open and accepting, this fostered an environment where I could push myself outside of my comfort zone. I also appreciate how our teaching expertise was honored. It is powerful to grow and learn alongside such dedicated educators.”


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