Hudson Valley Writing Project

Leadership in the Teaching of Writing

The Hudson Valley Writing Project is now accepting applications for its 2024-25 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 of color, 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. 


“This program is one of the most fulfilling and worthwhile experiences I have had as a teacher and learner."

“What’s exciting is that the strategies I’ve learned through HVWP not only enhanced my teaching abilities, but they also helped me improve my communication with others and understanding of art in my personal life. The impact of this program extends beyond the classroom, making it a truly enriching experience.” 


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

Summer 2024: May 11, July 9-11, 16-18 & 23-25 | 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 2024: Sept. 21, Oct. 5 & 26, Nov. 16, Dec. 14 | 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, and based of what you learn from your inquiry, you will plan and lead a writing workshop for teachers.

TEACHERS AS LEADERS: Invitational Institute 3  (3 credits)

Spring 2025: Jan. 25, Feb. 1 & 22, March 8, April 26 | 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.

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.