The 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

 Celebration of writing and literacy

The annual Celebration of Writing and Literacy (CoWL) provides a space for educators to share how literacy shapes practice, students, schools, and communities. This year CoWL will take place October 31, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm at the Penn Graduate School of Education. Educators will have the opportunity to participate in facilitated discussions centering around important educational issues and hands-on, teacher led workshops celebrating innovative reading and writing practices. Click here to register. Registration is $25.00, $30.00 at the door (FREE for 2015-2016 dues paid members).

You can download a flyer here.

Use this link to submit your 2015 presentation proposal.


Walk for Literacy

The Philadelphia Writing Project will sponsor its third annual Walk for Literacy on Sunday, November 8, 2015, during Penn's Homecoming weekend. The walk will pass through Penn Park (217 S. 33rd St. at Shoemaker Green) with its skyline views of the City of Philadelphia. This event directly supports writing camp scholarships for students and community-based writing programs.  Check-in begins at 7:30 am and the Walk will get underway at 8:00 am.  Click here to view photos of the 2014 event.  To register click here.  View the press release.  Share the flyer and invite your friends and family. 


This year's Invitational Summer Institute took place from July 20 - August 7. Twenty-six teachers from across the city took advantage of the 15 days to engage in collaborative work and discussion focusing on the integration of writing across the curriculum. Use this link to find pictures of our two-day special session with Poetry Inside Out.

Many Women, Many Stories

A woman must have a room of her own is she is to write, wrote Virginia Woolf in 1929. Still true today, it is even truer for women teachers who spend so much of our time nurturing the writing lives of others. On Saturday, June 14, women from the Philadelphia Writing Project and A Room of Her Own Foundation met at the Independence National Historical Park and created a room their own as they developed and shared their many stories. This year's visiting author was Breena Clarke, author of River, Cross My Heart (Oprah's Book Club Selection), Stand the Storm, and Angels Make their Hope Here. This retreat is an annual event and we look to see you next year.

TEens: Writing in the Park at Project Write

The Philadelphia Writing Project in collaboration with Independence National Historical Park welcomes students who desire to write, explore history and develop digital and artistic talent.   Project Write takes place each year in July.  Click here to view photos from this summer.  Click here for an overview of activities.  Registration for this program is open from February until July.