Since 1982, the Connecticut Writing Project at UConn has worked to improve writing instruction in Connecticut's schools.  To that end, the CWP sponsors several opportunities for teachers to engage in quality professional development and for both teachers and K-12 students to publish their writing.  Below are several forms for applying to some of these opportunities, including the Summer Institute, Connecticut Student Writers, and Letters About Literature.  Click the icon above to visit our website, or email us at

Every year since 1982, the Connecticut Writing Project has invited outstanding Connecticut teachers from all disciplines and levels of instruction to participate in a Summer Invitational Institute on the UConn--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.

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.

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

Applications for Summer 2020 are due by March 16th, 2020.

2020 CWP Summer Institute (SI) Details:

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

Connecticut Writing Project at UConn