Hudson Valley Writing Project

Leadership in the Teaching of Writing

The Hudson Valley Writing Project is now accepting applications for its 2023-24 Invitational Institute, LEADERSHIP IN THE TEACHING OF WRITING. Comprised of three graduate courses, this acclaimed program supports educators in developing expertise in writing instruction and literacy development as well as facilitation skills to work as leaders in the Writing Project and their school communities.

HVWP invites applications to the Institute from educators who work with students of all ages -- from preschool to college -- and in all subject areas, including language arts, social studies, science, math, foreign languages, the arts, English as a New Language, and special education. HVWP maintains a special interest in working with educators who teach English language learners, as well as those who work with students from communities impacted by poverty. Participants are selected based on their interest in learning and leadership, their teaching experience, their written application, and a collegial interview. 


You will feel encouraged, supported, even carried at times. HVWP allowed me to take my values and incorporate them into lessons that really have an impact on students. I learned many amazing strategies for incorporating writing and reflection into my teaching, learned how to share my own stories, learned that I was a writer. It will change you, fuel you, to reach your untapped potential.  -Recent Institute Participant


TEACHERS AS WRITERS: Invitational Institute 1  (3 credits).

Summer 2023: May 13, July 11-13, 18-20 & 25-27 | 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m

In this summer session, you will engage in personal and professional writing to develop new skills and confidence as a writing teacher. Working with a mentor, you will also design a professional development workshop based on what works in your classroom.

TEACHERS AS LEARNERS: Invitational Institute 2  (3 credits)

Fall 2023: Sept. 23, Oct. 14 & 28, Nov. 18, Dec. 9 | 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

In this fall course, you will deepen your understanding of writing instruction and action research methods as you engage in an inquiry project focused on your teaching. With collegial support, you will plan and lead a writing workshop for teachers.

TEACHERS AS LEADERS: Invitational Institute 3  (3 credits)

Spring 2024: Jan. 20, Feb. 3 & 24, April 13 & 27 | 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

In this capstone course, you will build leadership skills to work with educational stakeholders as you design and lead a literacy program for your school or the HVWP community. You will learn and practice new methods of documentation as you assess the impact of your project.


HVWP’s Invitational Institute will take place at SUNY New Paltz and at the Storm King Art Center in 2023-24. The two settings will allow us to enjoy the inspiration that comes with access to the university, to art, and nature. Watch this video to see Storm King.

LEADERSHIP IN THE TEACHING OF WRITING is offered in partnership with SUNY New Paltz. Participants earn nine graduate credits in one year. The tuition for each course is $850, for a total of $2550. There are no additional fees.

Learn more and apply today!

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Please contact Dr. Tom Meyer, HVWP Director, at with any questions.