About Us


Participants in the institute form study groups to explore recent research on the teaching of writing. They share and perfect their best strategies for teaching writing, resulting in peer-reviewed demonstration lessons. Central to developing as a teacher of writing is engaging in one's academic and reflective writing. A hallmark of the Institute is the collegial engagement of teachers working with other teachers to develop their own writing and in turn, to learn how to help students develop their writing. One purposeful outcome of this is that the teachers become leaders who share their expertise with other teachers.

What we do

The Central Connecticut Writing Project, a National Writing Project site, began in 2005. Our central mission is to develop teachers as writers and as teachers of writing. Since 2005, approximately 100 teachers have impacted their classroom instruction as a direct result of their participation in the Invitational Summer Institute (ISI).

Who We Are

The Central Connecticut Student Writing Project (CCSWP) is a three week summer writing institute. The first week focuses on poetry, the next two on creative writing. Students may attend one or both programs. CCSWP is designed for students in grades 4-12 and adults who have a passion for creative writing. The institute is designed to help students create authentic, organic, dynamic narratives that come from within. When we say that we teach students to write from the inside out, we mean that we do not force our students into any formulas or templates. Instead, we give students the tools necessary discover the stories and poems within themselves, and help them find their authorial voices.

What We Offer

A comprehensive curriculum designed by writers and teachers that focuses on organic writing development. This curriculum also address several of the new Common Core writing and reading standards for grades 4-12

A staff of certified teachers who have all taken part in the four-week Central Connecticut Writing Project summer institute (a branch of the National Writing Project)

A chance for students to become a part of a growing community of student writers from throughout Central Connecticut.

An opportunity to be published online and in print.

In addition to the core ISI, we offer individualized professional development programs on site to schools throughout our service area. Contact our directors for details.