Purchase Area Writing Project

Purchase Area Writing Project

National Writing Project at Murray State University

National Writing Project
100 Faculty Hall, Murray State University, Murray, Ky 42071 - Telephone 270.809.4727

Summer Institute

The annual Purchase Area Writing Project Summer Institute is a joint effort between Murray State University and the Kentucky Writing Project. Funded by the Kentucky Department of Education and the National Writing Project, the program provides public school teachers with four weeks of intensive training and practice to promote improved writing and literacy instruction in the public schools. The 2017 PAWP Summer Institute is scheduled for June 5 - June 23, 2017.

Goals include:

  • improved writing skills and literacy instruction
  • a better understanding of writing processes and assessment methods
  • development of instructional materials
  • improved communication between university faculty and public school teachers
  • greater understanding of educational changes in Kentucky


The Institute is limited to 20 participants. Applicants must be full-time teachers in a Kentucky public school system grades K-12. Teachers from all content areas are encouraged to apply. Participants must agree to serve as writing consultants during the 2017-2018 academic year.

Course Of Study

Participants receive six hours of graduate credit in ENG 604 and ENG 605 (PAWP I & II).


Classes meet from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with an hour for lunch, Monday through Friday.


Murray State University tuition is waived, and the Project provides a $550.00 stipend for each participant. All participants must purchase a summer parking permit, and pay $25 toward the cost of the textbook.


For specific rates, contact:

David Wilson
Director of Housing and Residence Life
Murray State University
Murray, KY 42071
(270) 809-2310

Application Procedure

Applications for the 2017 Summer Institute are now available for download.  Application.pdf

Completed applications must be returned by March 17, 2017.

Additional Information

For more information, please contact:

Debbie Bell
Telephone:   270.809.4725
Facsimile:   270.809.4545

- Or -

Paul Walker
Telephone:   270.809.4533
Facsimile:   270.809.4545

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