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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.


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 the last Saturday of the month, when we come together to discuss anti-racist education. 

The next meeting of the WCWP Social Justice Inquiry Group will be on Saturday, April 23rd, from 9AM-10:30AM ET.

Our facilitator, Cindy Claffey, will guide the group to examine the following readings:

Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?, Martin Luther King, Jr. (published posthumously in 1968)
Foreword by Coretta Scott King, xxv
Chapter I - Where Are We? pp. 1-23
Chapter VI - The World House, pp 177-202

Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone, Brene Brown, PhD MSW (2017)
“Chapter Four - People Are Hard to Hate Close Up.  Move In,” pp 63-88

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 Spring 2022: 

Dates and Application for Invitational Writing Institute Updated on "Courses" Tab

Writing Institute 2022



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