General Information

Young Writers Institutes – 2022

Attention, interested young people entering grades 7-12!  We are again holding Young Writers Institutes during two weeks in July.  The dates are as follows:

Week One: Tuesday, July 5, Wednesday, July 6, and Thursday July 7

Week Two: Monday, July 11, Tuesday, July 12, Wednesday, July 13, and Friday, July 15

Three In-Person Sessions in Oakland: Tuesday, July 5, Monday, July 11, and Friday, July 15

Synchronous sessions (2 each day) will be held online in late mornings and early afternoons on July 6, 7, 12, 13.

Cost: $125 (Scholarships available if needed)

This year, we’d like to try some carefully selected face-to-face sessions along with online sessions using Google platforms. Writing coaches will guide you through synchronous and asynchronous writing workshops, lessons, discussions, activities and inquiries. You’ll identify your own writing goals for the Institute and we’ll lead you through the writing process to accomplish them!  Have you ever considered submitting to the The 12th Annual New York Times Summer Reading Contest or Scholastic Writing Awards 2023? Maybe you’ve been itching to start writing that stellar novel you’re always daydreaming about? Let’s get started!

Here is the link for registration:

To pay, please send a check for $125 made out to “University of Pittsburgh/Western Pennsylvania Writing Project” to the following address:
Western Pennsylvania Writing Project
attn: Dr. Laura Roop
University of Pittsburgh School of Education
5157 Posvar Hall, 230 South Bouquet
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15260
The Young Writers Institutes will meet for synchronous sessions at 11-11:30 and 12:30-1pm with office hours until 1:30pm.

If you have questions or concerns, please call WPWP Director Laura Roop at (734) 474-3926 or e-mail her at

Camp coordinators and instructors are Colleen Geiger and Carly McPartland, both of whom are finishing up their public school teaching responsibilities for 2021-22 right now:

Colleen Geiger

Carly McPartland


Attention, students, grades 5, 6, 7! Join WPWP teacher-consultants Kathy Giegel and Sasha Reese for an exceptional week exploring powerful and important ways that youth voices can create and write.  They will be offering an in-person Young Writers Institute for grades 5, 6, and 7 (upcoming school year) during the week of June 20-24, 2022, 9:00 am-12:00 pm.  The location is :

Atlas Art Studio
75 Shenot Road
Wexford PA. 15090

Cost: $199

Learn more and register at:

Questions? E-mail or call Kathy Giegel:


Limited to 16 participants. (Minimum of 10 participants required for institute.) _________________________________________________________________

Here are links to the anthologies created during the last three summers of Young Writers, Grades 7-12:

Young Writers Anthology 2021

Young Writers Online Institute – 2021

Young Writers Anthology 2020

Young Writers Online Institute – 2020

Young Writers Anthology 2019

Young Writers Institute 2019 Anthology



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