Register for Illinois Writing Project’s 2021 Summer Workshops


As we find new ways to learn and work from home, it’s more important than ever that students have strong written communication skills. We exercise control over our lives when we write in powerful ways by expressing ourselves clearly and with a strong voice. Illinois Writing Project is offering its Basic 30 Writing Workshop in a two-week, online format this summer. For a total of 20 hours online together, teachers will create a writing community by engaging in group discussions and interactive writing activities. An additional 10 hours will be spent working, writing and thinking offline, and participating in small group and one-on-one conferences. Participants will develop knowledge of how a writing workshop works, as well as strategies to implement in their classrooms.

July 6-9 and 12-16
8:30-10:30 a.m. weekdays for synchronous sessions
10:30-11:30 a.m. for asynchronous activities, questions and support
Full day on July 16
Fee: $300


Struggling with student engagement? At the heart of this workshop is the belief in the art of writing to create classrooms and schools where social emotional learning flourishes. We live in an era of the Common Core where one of the catchphrases is college and career readiness. What does it really mean to be “ready”? We believe it means to understand yourself and how to work with others to build collaborative relationships. This workshop is organized around the three goals of the Illinois SEL standards and its five competencies. We offer suggestions, activities, dialogue, and writing to help build strong classroom relationships focused on social emotional growth.  

July 26-30
9:00-11:00 a.m. Monday through Friday for synchronous sessions
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Monday through Friday for asynchronous hour
Fee: $150


Even before the pandemic, many of our students were living in a world surrounded by images, video, and other technologies. After a year of teaching and learning online or partly online, both teachers and students have been inundated with technology options, some of which we may choose to continue using, and some we may discard for better hands-on opportunities. How do we decide which is which? And how do we choose tools and strategies in a way that helps us work toward equity instead of reinforcing preexisting inequities? This course will focus on the critical and strategic use of digital technologies that allow students and teachers to experiment with ways to creatively express themselves and show what they know.

Synchronous hours include interactive presentation and discussion, work time, and conference time.

July 19-22
9:00-11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday
Fee: $125


Are you in need of strategies to teach writing to students whose language repertoire includes two or more languages? This interactive workshop will engage participants in creative ideas for students negotiating meaning in two or more languages. Review of recent research and theories to address language needs teaching writing in a translanguaging world. This workshop will be in three consecutive supporting sessions. The focus will be on Lectoescritura/reading and writing; strategies in a K-5 workshop format. Participants will walk away with ideas and strategies to include in their current instructional setting. 

Synchronous hours include interactive presentation and discussion, work time, and conference time.

August 2-4
9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. Monday through Wednesday
Fee: $90  

Paying with a district PO? Contact IWP Director Steve Zemelman at or call (847) 674-2318.