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 800 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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Register for the 2018 Celebration of Writing & Literacy

Thanks to you, we surpassed our goal!

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Thank you for your generous donations and attendance at our May 31 fundraising event. We not only met our fundraising goal, we surpassed it!  This was our most successful fundraising drive to date, having raised a total of $17,405! With your support, we will be able to fully fund the 2018 Invitational Summer Institute (ISI) for Philadelphia teachers!

As you know, the ISI is the seedbed for PhilWP where teachers learn from each other and begin their impact on a host of schools.  It is the time and place for teachers to reflect on their pedagogy and to reassess how to be more effective in teaching all students. PhilWP TCs never stop learning and introducing new ideas into their practice.

Thank you again! We deeply appreciate your amazing generosity and look forward to another exciting year!


Invitational Summer Institute

The Philadelphia Writing Project is open to all teachers in all Philadelphia schools. In order to become a Teacher Consultant and a member of our network of more than 800 teachers, you must complete the Invitational Summer Institute. Learn more about the Invitational Summer Institute here.

Project Write

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. Students participate in a two-week camp where they explore the power of language in the city where our nation began. 

This year's camp will be held July 24 - August 3, 2018 (Tuesday through Friday) from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  An orientation will be held on Thursday, July 19, 2018 at 6pm (Merchants' Exchange Building, 143 S. 3rd St., Phila., PA  19106). Applications for Project Write 2018 are now being accepted. Apply here or see our Events page for more details.

View photos from Project Write 2017 

View syllabus from Project Write 2017

Humor Writing Summer Camp

Students entering grades 9 to 12 are invited to enroll in a humor writing summer workshop, begin held on UPenn's campus from July 23 to August 3. Registration is now closed, but interested students can email to be added to the wait-list. 
View the flier here.


The Philly School Media Network, a partnership between PhilWP and the Philadelphia Public School Notebook, invites middle and high school students who want to explore journalism as a way to make an impact through writing. Students who want to write for change can participate in this eight-day camp experience, which includes presentations by professional journalists and multiple opportunities for publication. The camp will be held August 6th-August 17th (Monday through Thursday) from 10:00am - 1:30pm at PhillyCAM Studios (699 Ranstead Street). Interested students can sign up to attend here or can email