Philadelphia Writing Project

Philadelphia Writing Project


The Philadelphia Writing Project (PhilWP), located at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, is a site of the National Writing Project. It is a growing teacher network of over 700 teacher consultants who work in a variety of ways with teachers and other educators to explore literacy, writing, teaching, and learning in their classrooms and schools regardless of grade or discipline. Find out more about PhilWP.

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Saturday, October 7, 2017 - Univ. of PA - Houston Hall

Teacher Research and Knowledge: A Celebration of Writing and Literacy is an annual one-day conference presented by and for Philadelphia educators.  This year's conference hosted in partnership with the Teachers Institute of Philadelphia (TIP)Mighty Writers and PennGSE's Reading/Writing/Literacy and Teacher Education programs, will focus on teacher research and knowledge and the relationship between theory and practice.​  We are looking for a wide range of presentations from practitioners both in and outside of the classroom that advance student literacy learning.   

Keynote Speakers

Diane Wood, Towson University
Maryland Writing Project Teacher Consultants

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Register here. Preview the conference sessions here.

  • Featured Workshops and Roundtables 
  • Comic Book Madness 
  • Arts Plus Literacy: Exploring Possibilities for Collaboration 
  • Kid Writing: Getting Started on the Road to Literacy 
  • Innovation in Action: High School Makerspaces 
  • Creativity in the Classroom: Teacher-authored Curricula …& more


PhilWP turned 30 this year! PhilWP's 30th anniversary reception was held on September 15, 2016. The event celebrated our past and looked forward to our future. The event provided an opportunity to reconnect with old friends and meet new ones while enjoying food, drinks and spectacular entertainment!

This year's Invitational Summer Institute took place July 17 to July 28. The 2017 Institute focused on writing and 21st century literacies. K-12 teachers across disciplines will examine writing processes through Kid Writing, College-Ready Writing, and Poetry Inside Out (PIO), a unique multilingual program that teaches diverse learners to translate great poetry from the around the world.  Learn more about the institute and joining our network

In collaboration with Independence National Historical park, the Philadelphia Writing Project welcomes students who desire to write, explore history, and develop digital and artistic talent. 

This year's Project Write took place at the Independence National Historical Park, July 24-August 4, 2017, 9:00am - 12:30pm.

Applications for next summer will become available in the spring of 2018.