Summer Institute

2017 SAWP Invitational Leadership Institute

Dates:   June 12, 2017 – July 7, 2017,
Monday through Thursday
from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Where: The University of Texas at San Antonio 1604 campus

Graduate School Enrollment:
Those chosen to participate enroll in and pay for two graduate classes for the Summer Institute. Estimated cost for 6 hours (tuition and fees) is $2600.

Contact Dr. Misty Sailors for admission procedures

Online Application

(Applications due by April 1, 2017)

General Information:
We are pleased to announce the San Antonio Writing Project’s 11th Invitational Summer Institute, to be held on the campus of the University of Texas at San Antonio. Participation in the Summer Institute will comprise of two graduate classes, gaining participants six hours of graduate credit.

The San Antonio Writing Project (SAWP), housed in the Center for the Inquiry of Transformative Literacies (CITL) in the College of Education and Human Development (COEHD) at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), is an official site associated with the National Writing Project. Not only is SAWP a vital resource for teachers and area schools in the arena of writing, but it also serves as a model of professional development and excellence and teacher leadership.

The SAWP Invitational Summer Institute is at the heart of the project, and with the experience and guidance of the National Writing Project, we can be clear about its purposes:

  • to identify successful teachers of writing across all curriculum areas in San Antonio area schools and colleges who will be effective teachers of other teachers
  • to identify approaches to the teaching of writing and the uses of writing-to-learn in all subject areas that have been successful in real classrooms, and that add to the professional’s knowledge
  • to involve teachers in their own writing so that they can better help their students
  • to examine basic issues of equity and access as they affect student learning
  • to make current research in the field available to teachers

Through the Summer Institute, SAWP will build its corps of Teacher Consultants, expand its collective knowledge, and increase its capacity to address complex issues and concerns regarding literacy in San Antonio area schools.

Upon completion of the Invitational  Leadership Institute, you will become part of the SAWP community–a lively, collegial network which offers resources and programs for deepening your knowledge about the teaching of writing and literacy issues, opportunities to grow as a writer, and ongoing support to realize new projects and initiatives. You will also have the opportunities to expand your role as a leader. SAWP Teacher Consultants shape and carry out all of SAWP’s work: professional development in schools, summer programs for teachers, Young Writers’ Camps, teacher research programs, Saturday Seminar sessions, special interest groups, and more.

We are seeking strong classroom teachers and school leaders who are helping students become better writers, who promote equity for all students, especially for English language learners, and who are interested in taking on leadership in the ongoing work of the San Antonio Writing Project.

We invite you to apply for the Summer Institute. Please complete your online application for admission into UTSA as either a degree seeking student or a special graduate student for summer 2017 courses. The deadline for application to UTSA is April 1, 2017. Upon successful completion of the UTSA admission, you will be placed in contact with Dr. Misty Sailors to register for the two courses.

You must also apply online to the UTSA Graduate School as a Special Graduate Student no later than April 1, 2017. Please apply as soon as possible; you do not have to wait for the deadline! The application, required materials for submission and other information can be found online at: If you have questions, please feel free to contact Dr. Sailors ( or the Graduate School at (210) 458-2330.


Dr. Misty Sailors, Director