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.


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 virtually for this event.  Join us on the following Saturday mornings:

Click here for the Zoom Link for our April 4th meeting. 


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


At this month's meeting, we will discuss the final chapters (9-10), conclusion, and afterword in Dr. Anneliese Singh’s The Racial Healing Handbook.
We’ll also make time to further talk about last month’s CodeSwitch episode and Audre Lorde’s “Outlines” poem.

We will meet virtually using this Zoom Link.


Graphic Memoir Workshop - Register

View the Graphic Memoir Workshop flyer

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


Coming Events for 2019-2020

PAWLP 40th Anniversary - CANCELLED

Celebrate at our Red Carpet Event!

Saturday, April 18, 2020


PAWLP 40th anniversary

Write Share Connect

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