Summer Institute

“ . . . where teachers come to improve their writing in order to improve the writing of their students.”

Every year since 1982, the CWP has invited outstanding teachers from all disciplines and levels of instruction to participate in a Summer Invitational Institute on the Storrs campus. This Summer Institute provides teachers with the opportunity to study current composition theories, to share their expertise, and to compile their own original writing portfolio.

During the summer institute you will write every day, participate in peer response groups, revise your writing, share your knowledge and insights with other teachers, conduct graduate-level research, build leadership skills, and grow as teachers and writers.

Compensation and Requirements


All participants will receive a $500 Aetna Fellowship or the option to earn six graduate credits in English.

Deadline for Applying
Applications for Summer 2020 are due by March 30th, 2020.

Application Requirements
Required materials include: 1 page essay on your teaching philosophy, two letters of recommendation (one may be a recommendation from a TC), and a resume. Please indicate which area you may be interested in doing your research in: Reading/Writing Connection, Assessments and Writing, Writing and Technology or The Writing Process.  Please submit all materials through our Submittable page:

Click here to read the Summer Institute F.A.Q.

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Picture Collage from 2019 Summer Institute

2020 CWP Summer Institute (SI) Details:

  • Dates: June 22 to July 17, 2020 (start date is tentative pending snow days)
  • Applications Due: March 30, 2020
  • Orientation: May 16, 2020

Summer Fellows/Teacher-Writer

Click above to find an archive of the booklets created by teachers after each Summer Insitute. The essays, vignettes, and poems collected in these booklets, chosen by their authors with the advice of the other members of their groups, represent a small sample of the writing produced by teachers during the Summer Institute.