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Pennsylvania Writing and Literature Project


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Pennsylvania Writing and Literature Project

The Pennsylvania Writing and Literature Project
West Chester University
Main Hall
720 S. High St
West Chester, PA 19383

Phone: 610-436-2598

Pauline Schmidt, Ph.D.

Emily Aguiló-Peréz, Ph.D.
Associate Director

Jason Vanfosson, Ph.D.
Associate Director

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    Valley Forge National Park Campers
  • group of students

    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 January 18, we’ll read and complete the activities found in The Racial Healing Handbook: Practical Activities to Help You Challenge Privilege, Confront Systemic Racism, and Engage in Collective Healing by Anneliese A. Singh, chapters 1 and 2.

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

January 18

February 15

March 21

April 18


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 Day - February 8, 2020:
Registration is now open!! Click HERE:

PAWLP Day Flyer - Click HERE
Keynote Speaker - Angela Stockman
For more information, visit Angela's website or on Twitter @AngelaStockman


PAWLP Celebrates 40 Years!
April 18, 2020
WCU Foundation
More details to follow



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