Refine, elevate, and celebrate how you teach writing. Join other educators 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 experience and demonstrate successful 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. English, social studies, mathematics, world language teachers, and all teachers of multi-lingual learners—this Project is for all of us!
Writing Project Summer Invitational Institute – Apply by April 5th
Because of the continuing realities created by COVID-19, the UCLA campus will remain closed throughout summer, 2021. That means our Summer Invitational Institute will again be conducted online through Zoom.
JUNE 21 – JULY 16, 2021
Monday – Thursday, plus July 16
9:00-12:30, synchronous; 12:30-3:30 asynchronous
Two Pre-Institute meetings May 4 & June 1, 4:00 – 6:00 PM
Institute Leaders: Faye Peitzman, UCLA Writing Project and Daniel Buccieri, Venice 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.”
– 2020 Participant
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.
- Join a small-group Professional Literature Circle.
- Curate a collection of teaching strategies to reach ALL of our students.
- Engage in critical conversations about combating anti-black racism in the classroom and in the 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.
How to Apply
Write your personal statement in one document:
- 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).
- Describe yourself as a writer: i.e., your experiences, your joys, your hesitations (1 page).
Please include your full name in the filename of your personal statement.
Application deadline –
April 5, 2021
The application is a Google form, and you will need to be logged in to Google since you will upload your Personal Statement file.
You will be asked to describe your lesson in a small group interview.
We are able to offer 18 fellowships.
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.”