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The Philadelphia Writing Project is open to all teachers in all Philadelphia schools.In order to become a Teacher Consultant and a member of our network of more than 800 teachers, you must complete the Invitational Summer Institute on Writing and Literacy.

Since 1986, the Philadelphia Writing Project has sponsored an Invitational Summer Institute on Writing and Literacy for K-16 educators in the Philadelphia region. The institute engages teachers in reflective inquiries into practice and the processes of teaching and learning. Teachers explore the practice of writing as a way of knowing, teaching beliefs, and multiple forms of literacy. The institute is grounded in the core beliefs that have influenced Philadelphia Writing Project Teacher Consultants for more than three decades.

Applying for the Institute

The 2020 Invitational Summer Institute will be held Monday through Friday, July 13–24, 2020, 9:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Complete the Invitational Summer Institute application here.


Participants will receive 1 CEU (continuing education course unit) from the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania upon successful completion of all course requirements. 1 CEU is equivalent to 3 continuing education credits recognized by the School District of Philadelphia and other educational entities. The course also awards 30 ACT 48 credits. 


Free tuition credit for Philadelphia teachers; $150 book fee


Participants who complete all fellowship requirements with a grade of passing become Teacher Consultants in the Philadelphia Writing Project and members of the Pennsylvania Writing Project Network and the National Writing Project.

Application Process

The application process is competitive. Applicants need to:

(1) Complete our online form, providing contact information, school information, professional information, and a personal narrative limited to 2000 words. The form for the 2020 institute will be posted soon.

The Narrative portion asks you to describe your views of teaching and learning, especially ways that you see writing as a part of a life-long learning process; and aspects of your teaching that you would be interested in sharing or enhancing by exploring through conversations about classroom practices with other teachers (limited to 2000 words, which is equivalent to 3 single-spaced pages).

(2) Submit the following documents via email to or by mail to the PhilWP office

  • A letter of commitment filled out and signed by you and your principal or designee.
  • OPTIONAL: A single copy of student writing accompanied by an explanation of the assignment and any questions or concerns about teaching and learning that the work has raised for you.
  • OPTIONAL: A single copy of a professional resume.
  • The due date for the online form and all accompanying documents is April 30, 2020.