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Link to past summer institutesApply Now for the 2024 Invitational Leadership Institute!

Formerly known as the Summer Institute, the Invitational Leadership Institute is a three-week professional development intensive held at the University of Minnesota every summer. K–college teachers are invited to engage in writing groups, facilitate workshops that investigate best practices, create an inquiry project, and explore different forms of leadership. Invited Fellows receive 3 graduate credits paid for by the Minnesota Writing Project. The institute will be held in person on the UMN East Bank campus. 

The MWP Invitational Leadership Institute is the heart of the Minnesota Writing Project. Its purposes are to:

  • Engage K–College educators in meaningful professional development that helps them grow as writers, researchers, and leaders

  • Involve successful teachers in a sustained writing workshop so that they can better help their students as writers

  • Identify approaches to the teaching of writing and the uses of writing-to-learn in all subject areas that have been successful in real classrooms and that add to the profession’s knowledge

  • Provide leadership training for successful teachers of writing across all curriculum areas so they be effective teachers of other teachers

The Institute offers participants the opportunity to

learn from other teachers about the teaching of writing

anticipate challenges for teaching in the future: authentic assessment, multicultural writing concerns, computer-assisted instruction, collaborative learning, whole language, writing across the curriculum, the needs of diverse populations

discover more about your own writing process

become part of a community of teacher-writers

explore current theory and practice in the teaching of writing

consider ways you can share your strengths with other teachers as a consultant

spend a significant portion of time at the Institute honing your skills as writers (an anthology of creative and action research pieces is published)

earn graduate credit through the University of Minnesota; CEUs also available


Monday–Friday, July 8–26, 9am–3pm

*Institute dates are subject to change once the dates for the National Writing Project Midwest Conference are announced. Participation in the conference is optional. It will take place out of state. We will cover registration and lodging for all participants who wish to attend.