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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.


Childrens' Book Writing and Continuity Sessions

We focus on children's book writing from 9-10am and follow each of those meetings from 10-11:30am with Continuity.  We meet in Main Hall, room 200 for these events. Join us on the following Saturday mornings:

February 1

March 7

April 4


Social Justice Inquiry Group
Join PAWLP Fellows and Friends in shared inquiry as they meet regularly to discuss issues of social justice.  

For our meeting on February 15th, we'll read chapters 3-5 from The Racial Healing Handbook by Dr. Anneliese A. Singh
1 essay from Teaching When the World Is on Fire, edited by Lisa Delpit: “Yes, Race and Politics Belong in the Classroom” by H. Richard Milner IV
1 essay from Teaching Race: How to Help Students Unmask and Challenge Racism, edited by Stephen Brookfield: "Guidelines for Whites Teaching About Whiteness” by George Yancey

We will meet in Main Hall, room 200 on the following Saturdays:

February 15

March 21

April 18


Graphic Memoir Workshop - Registration Link Coming Soon!

Face-to-Face Dates:  August 5-7 and 12-14, 2020

Times: 8:00am-4:00pm

Location: Brandywine River Museum

Instructors: Liz Mathews and Brian Kelley


Fusing text with hand-drawn pictures can expose ideas we otherwise would not have discovered. In this graphic memoir workshop, explore how we might encourage students to go deeper as writers by drawing and writing yourself: We’ll learn how to say something original as a writer by immersing ourselves in multi-modal exercises that evoke generative processes of thinking and enliven traditional methods of prewriting and revision.


Around the Table with PAWLP
View our Fall 2019 Edition HERE
PAWLP's new 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 2019-2020

PAWLP Before You Read the Book Club

"The Power of Onlyness"
Saturday, March 7, 2020

Event Flyer: HERE


PAWLP Celebrates 40 Years!
Red Carpet Event

April 18, 2020
WCU Foundation
More details to follow



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