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.

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

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. 

Click here for a flier with dates for 2018.  Register here for the next session.

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. See our Events page for more details. Interested students can sign up here.


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