Professional Development

The Central Utah Writing Project Sponsors a number of professional development opportunities for teachers. We invite your participation in any of our Saturday Workshops, Mini-Conferences, or Open Institutes. Our workshops feature national and local writing experts who share their insights and ideas for teaching students how to be better, more engaged writers. Whether you attend a Saturday workshop or an open Institute, you can expect to come away with concrete ideas for improving your writing instruction.

Announcements regarding upcoming professional development opportunities are available here on our Professional Development page. Additionally, you can subscribe to the CUWP calendar to keep you in-the-know about upcoming events. And you can register for any of our professional development opportunities from our registration page.

Open Institutes

Teachers of all grade levels and subject areas will learn research-driven strategies to cultivate their students’ ability to write and think successfully, engage in peer review, foster clear thinking, and facilitate inquiry.

Educators will be given ideas and resources necessary to teach and model the writing process effectively in their classrooms. This Writing Institute will fulfill the writing course requirement for the Utah Reading Endorsement if taken for SUU credit


  • $250 regular enrollment (points)
  • $315 university enrollment (3 Southern Utah University credits)

Additional Information

Contact Deborah Dean for more details at or 801 422-9326


You can register HERE.

Summer Institute

The Central Utah Writing Project sponsors an annual summer institute where teachers who are interested in writing and writing pedagogy come together for three weeks of insightful instruction and reflection. During the institute, teachers demonstrate best practice, read and discuss research, and write and respond to others’ writing.
As a participant in a summer institute, you will gather more ideas and better strategies for teaching writing, share in collegial relationships with other teachers, earn credits or professional development points, and receive some new books.

Book Groups

The Central Utah Writing Project is pleased to sponsor teacher-initiated and teacher-focused book groups. Book groups will meet at a restaurant (each person is responsible for the cost of his or her own dinner). Books will be provided by CUWP with the expectation of attendance at the discussion dinner if you take a book; if you want the book, please notify our book group leader four weeks prior to the date so that it can be ordered. If you would just like to join the discussion or if you have your own copy of the book, let our leader know the two days before the discussion so that space can be arranged for the group size.

Return to this page for soon-to-come details about our next book group!


Information about past mini-conferences

In-service Training For Schools

Coming soon: inservice training for departments

Online Learning Experience

What Works
If you have ever wondered which teaching methods will help your students write more proficiently, this site is for you. Taking the findings of the Writing Next report, BYU professor and CUWP director Deborah Dean wrote What Works in Writing Instruction as a guide for teachers who want to know what the research says about effective writing instruction. This invaluable site breaks down 11 elements that have proven effective when teaching young people to write. Offering its viewers student work samples, modeled lessons, and a general summary of each chapter, this online learning experience allows readers of What Works in Writing Instruction the rare opportunity to see firsthand how other teachers have implemented the book’s content. In addition, site visitors are given the opportunity to reflect on their own teaching practices and replace some of their time-honored methods with those proven effective by research.

Resources from CUWP Fellows

Coming soon: CUWPer pages