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.

Save the Date: May 31

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The Philadelphia Writing Project invites you to join us for our fundraising effort on Thursday, May 31. Come show your support of the work we do at PhilWP. Funds will support the Invitational Summer Institute on Writing and Literacy. Since 1986, this invitational institute for K-16 educators has been engaging teachers in reflective inquiries into the practice and processes of teaching and learning. 

We will honor leaders from two PhilWP partner organizations, the National Park Service (Renee Albertoli, Interpretive Specialist) and the Philadelphia Public School Notebook (Maria Archangelo, Publisher and Executive Director). The program will also include our time-honored ceremony where the last PhilWP scholar to earn a doctorate (Dr. Ted Domers, 2010-2011) will pass the "white coat" to the next scholar to complete his studies (Dr. Robert Rivera-Amezola, 2013-2016).

The event, including light refreshments, will be held at the Class of 1949, Houston Hall, beginning at 5 PM.  The program remarks will begin at 6 PM and the event will conclude at 7 PM.

Make a $50 donation to RSVP here.

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. Interested students can sign up here or email
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