Picturing Writing Summer Institute 2024

Week of June 24-28, 2024 via Zoom

Immerse yourself in captivating, highly scaffolded,
evidence-based methods for advancing students’ writing.

Join originator Beth Olshansky to experience the Picturing Writing process firsthand. Take a deep dive into the dynamic relationship between pictures and words across multiple genres. Learn proven methods to engage your wide range of learners while advancing their writing skills. Experience many unique layers of scaffolding afforded by this rich visual/verbal approach.
Witness for yourself “the magic” of bringing words and pictures together; then learn how to teach your students how to make their pictures “come alive.”

Picturing Writing: Fostering Literacy Through Art® is an innovative, evidence-based approach to teaching writing designed to meet the needs of your diverse learners. Through the use of simple crayon resist art techniques, the study of quality picture books, and an on-going Artist/Writers Workshop, this highly scaffolded, multimodal approach gives students access to visual as well as verbal tools for developing and recording their ideas. Because pictures offer a universal language, Picturing Writing allows students to enter the reading/writing process from a position of strength and enthusiasm. It provides an enticing, alternative pathway into writing for English Learners and others who struggle.

This year’s virtual summer institute offers several registration options to better accommodate individual needs. Teachers can still sign up for the much-loved weeklong intensive, exploring writing across 5 genres. Those who have already taken an Intro to PW can sign up for the more advanced research-based units. Teachers of younger students may choose to sign up for the foundational introductory units: Time of Day, Weather Poetry, Animal Trifold Units.

Picturing Writing is easily aligned with grade-level ELA Standards while also addressing content area curriculum. Supported by best practices and decades of independent research, this unique proven practice offers concrete visual tools to ensure your students’ success.

No previous art experience necessary!

Listen to teacher reflections.

Registration deadline: May 15, 2024

Location: Your home via Zoom
When: June 24-28, 2024

Intro to PW (Time of Day & Weather Poetry units) – 1.5 days
Time: M 8:00 AM – 2:30 PM ET, Tues. 8:00 AM – noon ET
*Cost: $750 (includes materials)
1 grad credit available


Intro to PW (Time of Day & Weather Poetry) PLUS Research-Based Animal Trifold Unit
Time: M 8:00-2:30 ET, Tues. 8:00- noon ET, and Wed. 8:00 – 2:30 ET
*Cost: $1050 (includes materials)
1 or 2 grad credits available


PW Research-Based Animal Trifold & Stories – 3 days
Time: W-F 8:00 AM – 2:30 PM ET
*Cost: $1050 (includes materials)
2 grad credits available


Full week: all 4 PW units across 5 genres – 4.5 days
Time: MWThF 8:00 AM- 2:30 PM; Tues. 8:00 AM – noon ET
*Cost: $1650 (includes materials)
3 grad credits available


Intro to PW highly recommended prior to taking second session.

*Cost includes all workshop art & instructional materials (teacher manual for each unit, PW mentor texts, posters & artists frame) shipped directly to you, plus access to online instructional videos.

Sign up with a colleague for $50 off your Summer Institute registration. Use coupon code PWSI-FRIEND *AND* add your colleague’s name to the Order Notes field at checkout.

    Graduate credits available through SNHU at $150 per credit; additional credits available for classroom implementation.

    SNHU Credit (1)


    SNHU Credits (2)


    SNHU Credits (3)


    $555 for 20 students; $620 for 24 students
    (plus $45 for shipping a 40+ lb. box)

    Picturing Writing Classroom Kit for 20 Students


    Picturing Writing Classroom Kit for 24 Students


    Paper Order Form for Summer Institute 2024 (pdf)

    Questions: Contact Beth at [email protected] or (603) 659-6018

    Cancellations will be charged a $50 processing fee; Cancellation after workshop materials have been shipped will be charged $50 plus the cost of materials and S&H.

    – Sara, EL K-5, Rutland, MA

    – Kelly MacDonald, fourth grade teacher

    – Rachel Kuklinski, Reading Specialist

    – Christina Russo, fourth grade teacher

    – Andrea Moreau, sixth grade teacher

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