Important Update: COVID-19

The health and safety of our community guides all of our decisions. As such, West Chester University has been actively monitoring the rapid movement across the globe of the coronavirus, as well as updated travel warnings issued by the U.S. Department of State. Following the CDC’s public health guidance, the University is taking proactive measures to minimize crowds by canceling events that will draw large audiences. As a result, the 40th Anniversary Celebration must be cancelled at this time.

Please know that the University did not make this decision lightly. We ask for your understanding as we continue to respond to this fluid public health concern while working in the best interest of all those in our community.

We encourage you to visit the University’s home page for FAQs.


Pauline Schmidt, Director

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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 Pennsylvania Writing and Literature Project (PAWLP) is one of the oldest sites of the National Writing Project (NWP). PAWLP 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. PAWLP 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.

PAWLP 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.


Virtual Writing Group Sessions: 9-10am

Please join us on the first Saturday of the month, 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.


Click here for the Zoom Link. 


Continuity Sessions: 10-11:15am

Welcome to Continuity with the PA Writing and Literature Project (PAWLP)!  October 3rd is our first virtual meeting from 10 to 11:15 a.m. Librarian and PAWLP fellow Chris Kehan will join Continuity to give a brief share of new chapter and picture books to inspire our student readers & writers. We will have writing time, share some news, techniques, concerns, and research from the classroom. Each month we will schedule a surprise guest speaker for a ten-minute segment to address new topics, techniques, and/or resources. Join us on the first Saturday of every month to network with educators K-12 and beyond! We look forward to seeing you on ZOOM.      - Catherine, Warren, & Lynne Co-facilitators for Continuity, 2020 - 2021


Click here for the Zoom Link.


Anti-Bias/Social Justice Inquiry Group: 9-10:30am

Please join us on the third Saturday of the month, when we come together to discuss anti-racist education. 


The agenda for Saturday, October 17th is listed below:

We will convene to further discuss Gholdy Muhammad’s Cultivating Genius: An Equity Framework for Culturally and Historically Responsive Literacy. Please read through Chapter 4 for next month’s talk.

In our intention to balance close reading with discourse on application, please consider asking and noticing as you read some of the following questions:
What are the implications and responsibilities for my praxis at school (or home or community) from Muhammad’s text?
What activities can I or do I already implement to embody Muhammad’s framework?
What current practices or activities that contribute to my class, curriculum, school and/or community are problematic, given Muhammad’s framework?
What do I (or my students, my colleagues, my administrators, my families and caregivers) need to realize Muhammad's goals? And what do we/they already have to draw upon?


Click here for the Zoom Link.


Around the Table with PAWLP
View our Fall 2019 Edition HERE

PAWLP'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


Coming Events for 2019-2020

PAWLP 40th Anniversary - New Date TBD

PAWLP 40th anniversary

Write Share Connect

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