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. 


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, August 15th is listed below:

We’ll begin with a discussion with Dr. John Craig, facilitated by Sandy. Please remember to each post a few questions for Dr. Craig by this Wed. Aug 12 at

We will continue Saturday’s meeting by addressing two questions related to the Black media we’ve been reading/watching/viewing/listening to the last two months: What is the role of Black media creation in Black liberation? And, What is my role as a white person in consuming Black media, in everyday life as well as these last couple months? Please continue to share resources you find in the Google drive 

Finally, please familiarize yourselves with Gholdy Muhammad’s Cultivating Genius (our next text) so we can productively talk about how to begin the book together for September.

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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