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 Awards

 Philadelphia 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.  


Project Write (summer)

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. Each summer, students participate in a two-week workshop where they explore the power of language in the city where our nation began. Visit our Events page for information for the upcoming session. Interested students can sign up here.

Click here to download the 2019 Project Write summer writing camp flier.


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 at PhillyCAM Studios (699 Ranstead Street). The camp for 2019 will be held July 29 - August 2, 10:30 am - 1:30 pm.  Online registration is now open.  Apply here.  

Click here for the 2019 Journalism Summer Camp flier.


Students entering grades 9 to 12 are invited to enroll in a humor writing summer workshop, being held on UPenn's campus at the Van Pelt Library from July 8 to July 12.  Interested students can sign up here or email

Click here to download the 2019 Humor Writing Summer Camp 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