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


This year's Invitational Summer Institute will take place from July 20 - August 7, 9:00 am to 3:30 pm (contingent upon funding). A mandatory pre-Institute will be held Saturday, June 6.  Click here to download and print a flyer. You can find complete information in the application or visit the Join Our Network page.  The Institute is open to all teachers in the Philadelphia area including those who have attended After School Matters.

Applications for the 2015 Invitational Summer Institute are no longer available.

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This year's Invitational ELL Summer Institute will take place from July 20 - August 7, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. A mandatory pre-Institute will be held Saturday, June 13. You can find complete information on our flyer. The institute focuses on literacy approaches and key instructional strategies while exploring issues of writing with multicultural/multilingual students. The Institute is fully funded by the School District of Philadelphia Office of Multilingual Programs so it is open to School District teachers only. Please use this link to submit your information. In addition to the application, a commitment form will need to be completed by your principal and sent to the Philadelphia Writing Project. 

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ADVANCED SUMMER INSTITUTE: Inquiry and Arts across the curriculum

Advanced Summer Institute (SI II) focuses on inquiry and arts across the curriculum. SI II will meet July 27 - 31. The Advanced Institute is open only to TCs who have previously participated in the Invitational Institute as well as those who have participated in the After School Matters program. Use this link to download a flyer. We are currently accepting applications. Please use this link to submit your information. Deadline is June 1.

Educating in the Digital Age: A Celebration of writing and literacy

This year's celebration of writing and literacy took place on October 25, 2014 at Penn's Graduate School of Education and Huntsman Hall. Click here to see photos of the event.

Walk for Literacy

The Philadelphia Writing Project, an amazing teacher network, filled with hard-working educators 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 with its skyline views of the City of Philadelphia. This event directly supports writing camp scholarships for students and community-based writing programs.  Click here to view photos of the 2014 event.

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 download the flier.  Click here to download the registration form.