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    Valley Forge National Park Campers
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    Youth Camp - Summer 2018

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    Young Writers hard at work!

The West Chester Writing Project (WCWP), formerly called the Pennsylvania Writing and Literature Project, is one of the oldest sites of the National Writing Project (NWP). WCWP follows NWP's guiding principles and provides professional development, develops resources, generates research, and acts on knowledge to improve the teaching of writing and learning in schools and communities. WCWP believes that access to high-quality educational experiences is a basic right of all learners and a cornerstone of equity. We work in partnership with institutions, organizations, and communities to develop and support leadership for educational improvement.

WCWP offers summer and school-year courses and workshops in teaching writing, teaching literature, writing-reading connections, authentic assessment, and special topics of interest to educators. For information on how to bring a course or professional development program to your district

email Director Dr. Pauline Schmidt

or call 610-436-2202.


Mission Statement:

The West Chester Writing Project is a community of educators whose work is grounded in the knowledge, expertise, and leadership of local teachers. 

We collaborate with area school districts to provide high-quality, inquiry-based learning experiences for teachers and students. 

We celebrate our rich history of teachers teaching teachers, and we strive for innovative methods to inspire readers and writers. 


Vision Statement:

The West Chester Writing Project envisions a future where every person is a celebrated writer, an engaged learner, and a responsible participant in a digital, interconnected world.

We believe that high-quality reading and writing experiences are powerful and necessary vehicles for antiracism and social justice. 

As such, we advocate for changes in K-16 systems that ensure equitable educational outcomes for all students and learners/educators.



Virtual Writing Group Sessions: 9-10am

Please join us when we come together to talk about our current projects.  Some members are working on picture books, novels in verse, and even books for 'grown-ups'!

Facilitators offer prompts, ideas, and feedback and even provide the luxury of some writing time.

We will be back to in-person meetings in the fall!


Continuity Sessions

Directly following our Writing Group, we will have Continuity Sessions from 10am - 11:30am.  Topics will vary, conversation will be lively, and community will be celebrated!

We will be back to in-person meetings in the fall!


Social Justice Inquiry Group: 9-10:30am

Please join us on when we come together to discuss anti-racist education. 

The next meeting of the WCWP Social Justice Inquiry Group will be on Saturday, July 16th, from 9AM-10:30AM ET.

Our group will examine the previous year and plan for the upcoming one!

Please use this zoom link for the meeting.



Around the Table with WCWP

WCWP's literary magazine is accepting personal narratives, poems, memoirs and fiction.  Also to be submitted are photos, artwork, royalty-free images from Google or other sources, drawings, sketches and music to be included with your writing. Please keep the word count under 2000. Send writings and any questions to aroundthetablewithpawlp@gmail.com.


Coming Events for Fall 2022: 

Writing Marathon in October! Stay tuned!!

Write Share Connect

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