Invitational Summer Institute

Delivery Online

The Hawai‘i Writing Project (HWP) works with educators, across grades and disciplines, introducing them to writing practices and theories that will motivate teachers and students alike, and help them discover—or rediscover—its joys.  Those who complete the Invitational Summer Institute (ISI) become Teacher Consultants whose job it is to provide motivation and leadership in the teaching of writing within their communities. Together, we are dedicated to improving writing instruction in our nation’s schools and to promoting the use of writing as a tool for thinking and literacy learning across disciplines.

May 11 & 18 – 5:00pm to 8:00pm
June 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9 – 8:30am to 3:00pm
September 21 – 5:00pm to 8:00pm
*If accepted, you must commit to attending all synchronous sessions of the Institute

  • Location: Synchronous & asynchronous sessions online (participants must attend all synchronous classes)
  • Participants can earn 6, FREE UH-Mānoa graduate credits
  • Cost*: Outreach College Fee for 6 UH graduate credits (approximately $140, subject to change)
  • Applications are due Friday, March 4, 2022

Course Instructors:
Dr. Charlotte Frambaugh-Kritzer
Dr. Stephanie Buelow

*Participants are only required to pay an Outreach College fee of $142 (vs. $3,900!) thanks to generous funding from the COE and Pacific Literacy Consortium. If the administrative fee cost is a challenge, please contact us. 

HIDOE teachers are eligible to enroll in EDCS 604 for reclassification credits, pending principal approval. See guidelines  here

Hawai‘i Writing Project Mission: Literacy Leadership and Partnership

The Hawai‘i Writing Project is celebrating over 40 years of providing literacy-related teacher professional development to K-16 educators across the Hawaiian Islands. The HWP mission is “to improve and integrate the teaching of writing and reading in Hawai`i’s schools.” Committed to serving the broadest range of teachers and students in Hawai`i, HWP is particularly interested in:

  • Helping teachers to understand the power of writing as a way of learning in all subject areas, connecting reading, writing, and thinking;
  • Honoring Hawai‘i’s diverse peoples, rich cultural heritage, language, and unique island environment; and
  • Working in partnership with others for the betterment of education and community in Hawai‘i.
State affiliate of the National Writing Project

The Hawai‘i Writing Project is the Hawai‘i state affiliate of the National Writing Project. The NWP began at the University of California at Berkeley in 1974. Today, there are 200 writing project sites across the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands, as well as sites in Canada and Europe. The NWP is the only federally funded program that focuses on the teaching of writing. Support for the NWP is provided by the U.S. Department of Education, foundations, corporations, universities, and K-12 schools. The NWP and its state affiliates are successful because they support teachers in becoming competent writers themselves and better teachers of writing. Research has shown the effectiveness of the NWP teacher professional development model of “teachers teaching teachers.” For more information about NWP research, visit their website (

Contact Info

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Stephanie Furuta

Associate Specialist

(808) 956-4390

“The Hawaii Writing Project is one seminar and a dream come true for teachers like me. I have learned a lot from the instructors and fellows. The discussions are in-depth and engaging. The demos were amazing! The elbow group and feedback were so helpful. Everything I have learned from the books came to life! Much love and aloha to all! Thank you, HWP!”

“The genuine sadness that I feel at the close of this Hawaii Writing Project is the best indicator of how VALUABLE this institute has been. … Dr. Steph and Dr. Charlotte are top notch! Their approach to helping us develop as writers and as educators of writing was thoughtful, thorough and intentional and very much appreciated. I feel confident that I will adapt and adopt a great deal of what was shared over these past – short! – days; I know what I have learned from the facilitators and from my fellow participants alike has enhanced my appreciation for the writing process on all levels, personal and professional.”

2020 Invitational Summer Institute Teacher Consultants