Upcoming Institutes

Writing Texas

In June 2017, Humanities Texas will partner with the Center for the Study of the Southwest and the Wittliff Collections at Texas State University, and the Center for Public History at the University of Houston to hold two teacher institutes focused on the Texas literary tradition.

Dates and Locations

One institute will take place on the Texas State University campus from June 6–9, 2017. A second institute will take place on the University of Houston campus from June 20–23, 2017.


Each institute will focus on topics and skills central to the state's eleventh-grade ELA curriculum. Topics to be addressed include the regional literary traditions that have shaped Texas writing; Texas fiction, poetry, memoir, and journalism; and how Texas has been portrayed in not only literature but also visual art, music, television, and film.

As in past years, the institutes will emphasize close interaction with scholars and writers and the examination of primary texts. Faculty presentations will provide resources and strategies for helping students to become better readers of fiction, poetry, and expository prose, while also addressing the critical reading skills necessary for success at the post-secondary level. 


National Book Award finalist John Phillip Santos (The University of Texas at San Antonio) will deliver the keynote presentation at the San Marcos institute. The keynote speaker at the Houston institute will be Nicolás Kanellos, director of Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage of the United States program at the University of Houston.

The San Marcos institute faculty includes Steve Davis and Jason Mellard of Texas State University; Adriane Bezusko, John Morán González, and Coleman Hutchison of The University of Texas at Austin; Norma Cantú (Trinity University); Cary Clack (formerly of the San Antonio Express-News); Nan Cuba (Our Lady of the Lake University); Alison Macor; Emmy Pérez (The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley); and Ron Tyler (formerly of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art). Distinguished writers Elizabeth Crook and Stephen Harrigan will also participate in the program.

The Houston institute faculty features Mariá C. González of the University of Houston; Adriane Bezusko, Don Graham, and Coleman Hutchison of The University of Texas at Austin; Jan Jarboe Russell (Texas Monthly); Ron Tyler (formerly of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art); Emmy Pérez (The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley); Roger Wood (Houston Community College); Steve Davis (Texas State University); Nan Cuba (Our Lady of the Lake University); and Javier Rodríguez (University of North Texas). Pérez and Gwendolyn Zepeda, Houston's first poet laureate, will read from and discuss their work with teachers during the program.


The institutes are open to secondary-level language arts and humanities teachers in Texas schools. Priority consideration will be given to early-career teachers in low-performing schools and districts.

Stipend, Travel Reimbursement, and CPE Credits

The institutes are free to teachers and their schools. Participants will receive a $200 stipend, as well as CPE credit and a wealth of curricular materials. Stipends and CPE hours will be adjusted if a participant misses any portion of the program.

On-campus housing is available to out-of-town teachers at no cost. Teachers traveling to the institute from out of town will be reimbursed for approved travel costs up to $300. Eligible expenses include use of a personal automobile, air travel, airport parking, and taxi fares. Meals and lodging are not reimbursable. Reimbursement rates are set by the State of Texas. Itemized receipts are required for all costs excluding gas. Please review the Humanities Texas travel policy for program participants for more information.

Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to and from the program. Please note that Humanities Texas’s maximum reimbursement for total travel expenses is $300, even if the participant’s actual expenses exceed $300.

How to Apply

Complete the online application. Please apply as soon as possible, as registration will occur on a rolling basis and space is limited.


The institute is made possible with major funding from the State of Texas, with ongoing support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Questions about Teacher Institutes

Call 512.440.1991 or email institutes@humanitiestexas.org.