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.


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!

Networked for Literacy: A Celebration of Writing and Literacy is an annual one-day conference presented by and for Philadelphia educators. This year's event was held on Saturday, October 1, 2016 from 8:00am to 4:00pm at PennGSE (3700 Walnut St) and focused on connecting with and across Philadelphia teacher networks. Workshops addressed all grade levels and content areas, use of technology, writing across the curriculum, building professional learning communities, and literacy strategies that support the Common Core State Standards.

Featured Workshop: Poetry Inside Out

In this workshop, particpants explored the use of translation and poetry to build essential language skills and honor linguistic and cultural diversity in the classroom. Offered in partnership with the School District of Philadelphia's Office of Multilingual Programs and the Center for the Art of Translation.

The Philadelphia Writing Project sponsors its annual Walk for Literacy during Penn's Homecoming weekend. The route passes through Penn Park (217 South 33rd St at Shoemaker Green) with its skyline views of Philadelphia. This event directly supports writing camp scholarships for students and community-based writing programs.

This year's Invitational Summer Institute will take place July 17 to July 28. The 2017 Institute focuses 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 An orientation will be held June 10, 9:00am - 3:00pm, at the University of Pennsylvania. Learn more about the institute and about 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.

To apply for this year's Project Write, click here to complete the online application or download the flier and registration form.  

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