Young Writers Institutes

2018 Information

Visit our homepage for information on the Oakland Elementary YWI, which is being hosted in the Carnegie Museum of Art.

Oakland High School YWI at the Cathedral of Learning:

Dates: July 9 – July 20, 2018
Times: *NEW!* 9AM – 1PM
Grades: Starting this year, the Oakland location will be offering separate programs for grades 7-12 and grades 4-6. Please see the FAQ document linked below for more information.
Tuition: $350
Scholarship Application fee: $35
Pitt Faculty/Staff Discounted Tuition: $315

Oakland Elementary YWI at the Carnegie Museum of Art:

Dates: July 9 – July 13, 2018
Times: *NEW!* 9AM – 3PM
Grades: Starting this year, the Oakland location will be offering separate programs for grades 7-12 and grades 4-6. Please see the FAQ document linked below for more information.
Tuition: $300
Pitt Faculty/Staff Discounted Tuition: $270

Please contact the Writing Project Site Assistant with any questions about the Oakland Institute. Here is the 2018 YWI FAQ for the Oakland YWI programs.

To register for the Oakland High School Institute, follow this link: Oakland Institute Grades 7-12 Registration Application.

Please note: To access and fill out the Oakland High School Online Registration Application, you will need to log in with a valid Gmail address (the form still allows you to enter a different, non-Google, address as your reachable email address). This new requirement is because we allow you to upload your documentation directly into the form. Since this is a Google form, it utilizes Google Drive for you to upload your documents.

If you do not have a Google email address, please fill out the Oakland Paper Registration Application and mail it to the Writing Project office.

To register your student for the 4-6 Institute, please visit this link to fill out the online application, or complete this paper application and then mail it, and your enrollment check, to the Writing Project Office at this address:

Western Pennsylvania Writing Project
University of Pittsburgh School of Education
5518 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
230 South Bouquet Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

To register for the Westmoreland Institute, visit this site. Their dates and times are July 9-13, 2018 8:30AM – 3:30PM.

Please see this  YWI 2018 FAQ document for all additional questions regarding the upcoming Oakland Institutes.

*The Oakland FAQ has been updated with information on how to edit your application after you’ve submitted it.*

*The Oakland FAQ has been updated with current contact information.*

After completing the Oakland Institute registration application and viewing our YWI 2018 FAQ, please take the time to provide us with feedback regarding both.

Those interested in teaching in the Young Writers Institutes can apply here.

Those interested in interning in the Young Writers Institutes can apply here.

Utilizing a workshop format with visiting writers and field trips, each institute provides ample opportunities to explore writing in a variety of genres, including creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. Each Institute culminates with a reading and celebration of writing by students and teachers! Please visit our pages on the right for samples.  Instruction includes

  • free-writing
  • exercises
  • reading work aloud in response groups
  • opportunities for revision through multiple drafts.

In the community of writers that YWI creates, students can challenge themselves, give and receive feedback on new and revised writing. They can think of themselves as writers. YWI faculty are comprised of teacher-consultants of the Western Pennsylvania Writing Project, graduate students, and instructors from local creative writing programs and graduate students and instructors in the School of Education at the University of Pittsburgh.  The student-to-instructor ratio is never more than 10 to 1, and sometimes smaller. Scholarships. Scholarships are available for students who need financial aid to attend the program. A minimum payment of $35 toward tuition is required for students receiving scholarships, and written verification from your child’s teacher or school administrator that the child is eligible for the School Lunch Program. If your child does not qualify for school lunch but needs help to attend, please send a letter and a copy of your most recent W2 tax form. A letter from your child’s teacher or school administrator stating the need for a scholarship is also acceptable. A limited number of scholarships is available, so please apply early.

~ YWI Mural, Winter 2010 (There’s writing in there!)

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