Annual Invitational Summer Institute



The Annual Invitational Summer Institute (ISI) is held in Las Cruces, New Mexico from July 8 – July 19. Participants in the ISI have the unique opportunity to work in a supportive environment with people who have a keen understanding of the challenges and needs of teaching in today’s educational environment: fellow classroom teachers. The ISI, an approved professional development activity, is an intensive, two-week long workshop and one follow-up meeting in the fall.

During the ISI, participants can expect to:

  • Interact with other educators. The ISI brings educators together from local high schools, middle schools, elementary schools, community colleges and universities to discuss teaching and writing. Participants gain important knowledge and insights during the ISI, and they continue working with other participants long after the summer institute ends.
  • Write and discuss writing.The BWP is about writing and the teaching of writing about writing learning. We are committed to the belief that teachers who dedicate themselves to their own writing, become better teachers of writing and better learners. Participants in ISI will write extensively, share their writing, discuss their writing, and discuss the writing of other participants.
  • Learn from others. Participants in the ISI present work on their inquiry project, providing other participants an excellent resource for teaching and scholarship. In addition, the BWP also schedules workshops and presentations by scholars and master teachers covering a wide array of topics such as the effect of the criminal justice system on local communities, writing assessment and writing, as well as on specific topics such as poetry and creative writing.
  • Explore different approaches to teaching and writing. The BWP is committed to helping educators take advantage of the opportunities technology offers to improve student learning, helping them implement technology effectively in teacher inquiry and in writing classrooms.To support ISI participants, the BWP provides the following:
  • $400 stipend, which may be applied to tuition costs if participants wish to receive graduate credit (3credit-hours)
  • Housing, if needed

The ISI is the beginning point for those wishing to become move involved in the BWP. Once participants have completed their summer institute, they are encouraged to attend retreats, conferences, and other events sustaining the work of the BWP.

Schedule of 2013 Annual Invitational Summer Institute

Applications Accepted – now through April 30

Applicants Invited for Interview – TBA

Interviews – TBA

Acceptance Correspondences Distributed – TBA

Annual Invitational Summer Institute – July 8 through July 19

Click here to apply: BWP2013 APP


2 thoughts on “Annual Invitational Summer Institute

  1. Patti Wojahn says:

    The Borderlands Writing Project Invitational Summer Institute 2013 cohort is amazing. We shared more ideas and feelings than I could imagine being squeezed into 2 weeks, and we learned and grew. I thank each and every participant — it was the combination of people that brought this to life and made me eager to awaken at 5:30am!

  2. Carol Watson says:

    Interested in the young writers workshop summer 2014. would like more info for my daughter who loves to write!

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