Programs for Students

The Philadelphia Writing Project (PhilWP) sponsors a number of programs for K-12 students in the Philadelphia region.

Scholastic Art and Writing AwardsPhiladelphia Writing Project serves as the Regional Writing Affiliate for the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.  The Art and Writing Awards are coordinated by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, which seeks to identify and support exceptional writers and artists.

Friday Night Writes

Students in grades 7-12 meet at the Philadelphia Writing Project with writing coaches on Friday nights from September through December, 4:30pm - 6:30pm to revise and polish their submissions to the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Writing coaches are also available to meet with students applying for college scholarships and admission essays. This year Friday Night Writes has partnered with Blue Chip Sports Initiative to provide additional opportunities to students participating in the program. 

Project Write (summer)

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 will take place at the Independence National Historical Park from July 24-August 3 (Tues.-Fri.), 9:00am - 12:30pm.  

Complete the online application hereClick here to print a flier.


Learning at the Intersections of Science, Literacy, Gaming and Making -- Game on!

GAME ON! Philadelphia is an out-of-school time program that challenges middle school youth to create science-themed games, inspired by fossils and life science specimens. If you'd like to learn more about GAME ON! Philadelphia, view this short video that describes the program further.

Check out a webinar recording that features PhilWP TCs and museum educators from the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University discussing a partnership that resulted in designing an afterschool program for middle school youth.

Game On! Philadelphia was created in 2014 through a partnership with the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University and was funded by a grant from the National Writing Project (NWP) and the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC).  If you'dlike to learn more about Game On! Philadelphia, please email