Summer Opportunities

Writing Retreat, 2019

The overarching purpose of the Kean University Writing Project is to support teachers in the teaching of writing and to deepen the writing craft for current writers. To that end, our Summer Institutes provide participants with opportunities to examine challenges and issues through interactive learning, inquiry, reflection, and community.

Institute staff provide extensive grounding in theory; best practices for teaching writing; protocols for designing, presenting, and reflecting on classroom lessons; models for building and working with collaborative teams; and personalized coaching and one-on-one mentoring.  Through writing, talking, sharing, and writing some more, we work to transform the toughest challenges from our writing lives and our writing classrooms into our best practices.

This summer, we are offering two different KUWP writing institutes:

Summer 1 Writing Retreat

The KUWP’s Summer 1 Institute is a 2 week Writing Retreat which is conducted around June 21 – July 1 (dates subject to change based on what days they fall on that year).   Writers will meet from 9am-3pm, Monday through Thursday (no meetings on Friday).   They will earn 3 credit hours for this special experience.

-Pursue individual writing projects and receive guided mentorship and feedback in a nurturing atmosphere.  

Summer 2 Writing Invitational

The KUWP’s Summer 2 Institute is a 4 week Writing Invitational which is conducted around July 6 – July 30 (dates subject to change based on what days they fall on that year). Writers will meet from 9am-3pm, Monday through Thursday (no meetings on Friday).  They will earn 6 credit hours for this unique workshop opportunity.

-Receive guided inquiry with the possibility to explore research alternatives, pedagogical approaches, classroom practice, creative writing, and special development credits for teachers. 

Writing Invitational, 2015


Earn three (3) or six (6) hours of undergraduate/graduate credit in English.  In addition, up to Ninety (90) professional development hours in fulfilment of New Jersey State PD requirements will also be granted at the completion of the Institutes.  


The cost of participating in either Summer Institute is based on the current basic undergraduate/graduate credit fees of Kean University, payable by attendee or their districts when applicable.  


Each invited participant will receive a stipend of *$1000.00 upon completion of the course.  

*Please note that it may take up to four months for the stipend to be processed.

Selection Criteria

To ensure that the Summer Institute fulfills its purpose and to orchestrate a match between participant’s needs and the level and quality of experience provided by the institute, we consider applicants in terms of individual qualifications and in terms of how a given applicant’s participation will contribute to the effectiveness of the institute, as well as to development of excellence in teaching in our region.  

A brief email communication of intent to apply to the KUWP director, Dr. Mia Zamora ( is encouraged.

Programmatic Requirements

To meet programmatic objectives, each class of participant must represent a balance of representation at a range of institutions, teaching levels, disciplines, and learning contexts within our region so as to create a rich environment for learning, exchange, and maximum development of insights on writing craft and teaching writing.

Individual Requirements

Individual participants must present a history of:

    • Proficiency in teaching and/or writing experience
    • Commitment to writing and/or using writing to teach
    • Successful collaborative work
    • Interest in trying new approaches to teaching and/or writing

How to Apply

Applications are closed for the 2021 Summer Sessions, but check back at the beginning of 2022 for updates on our Summer 2022 Summer Sessions!


If you have any questions, contact Dr. Mia Zamora at and/or email