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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

Congratulations to the Class of 2019 Fellows

Summer 2019

Tuition and Fees

3 Graduate Credits from West Chester University

For current tuition rate & information about Employer Reimbursement, please visit the Bursar website.

Please register at least two weeks before the class begins.
If you are not enrolled in a Master's Degree program at West Chester University, learn how to enroll as a nondegree student.


PWP 599-31 Grammar Matters, Grades 4-12

599-31 Face-to-Face Dates:  July 15-19, 2019

Times: 8:00am-4:00pm

Location: 201 Main Hall, WCU

Instructors: Jen Greene and Kelly Virgin

Description: This course will help you become more comfortable and confident in grammar instruction. You will have the opportunity to design lessons that embed the teaching of grammar into the writing process. You will learn where to find answers to the more obscure questions about the rules of the English language as well as create and contribute to an online reference library of rules.


PWP 520 Finding Writing Mentors: Students, Teachers, & Texts

Face-to-Face Dates:  July 22-26, 2019

Times: 8:00am-4:00pm

Location: 201 Main Hall, WCU

Instructors: Dr. Emily Aguilo-Perez & Jen Greene

Welcome to the world of picture books - hundreds of texts in one room for you to examine and enjoy.  The course facilitators share their love of children's literature and passion for writing in a relaxed, highly motivating setting.  Learn how to connect story elements and literary devices to specific activities, use scaffolds to develop students' writing, and create strategic mini-lessons that link rich literature to the teaching of writing.  Expand your knowledge of mentor texts for models of exemplary writing and reader-response activities designed for various purposes, audiences, and genres. Opportunities to meet Common Core Standards for reading, writing, speaking, and listening wherever applicable.

Invitational Writing Institute

The Pennsylvania Writing and Literature Project offers an Invitational Institute in the Teaching of Writing. Participants earn six graduate credits from West Chester University.

Experienced teachers come together to demonstrate and examine their classroom practices, study the latest research about teaching, and develop their own teaching skills. As a result of these activities, teachers are better prepared for their own classrooms and for teaching other teachers.

This teachers-teaching-teachers model is the heart of the Project philosophy.

Teachers who successfully complete an Institute are eligible to teach in PAWLP's summer Youth Programs, present in courses, and provide professional development for local school districts.

An application form, endorsement from a PAWLP Fellow or school district administrator, and interview are required. Applications are considered on a rolling admission basis. For more information or an application please call the PAWLP office at 610-436-2598 or

Pauline Schmidt


Cyndy Pilla

2020 Institute Dates. Total of 14 dates. 6 graduate credits

Spring: Saturdays, May 16 and 30, June 6 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Summer: Monday - Friday, July 6 to 10, 13 to 17 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Fall: September 19, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

West Chester University
Main Hall, Room 200
West Chester, PA

Final application deadline is April 15, 2020.

2020 Writing Institute Application  

Writing Institute Flyer

NWP Immersion article

Master's Degree Flyer

Master's Degree

Did you know that the Institutes and many of PAWLP's courses apply to the innovative Master of Arts degree in Writing, Teaching, and Criticism?

Developed with Language Arts and Secondary English teachers in mind, this flexible, year-round, professionally oriented program allows students to explore three areas of study in English - rhetoric and composition, pedagogy, and literary studies. The 36 hour program brings together theory and classroom practices in writing and rhetoric, secondary English teaching, and the interpretation of literature and other cultural discourses. The program welcomes students with an interest in exploring the way language, teaching and literature intersect.

The program:

  • Strengthens critical reading, writing, and research skills
  • Places special emphasis on the implications and applications for teaching
  • Offers specialized study in issues of cultural and classroom diversity
  • Enhances knowledge of literature and culture
  • Focuses on how writing, literary studies, and teaching intersect

In addition to the required Teacher as Writer course taught by PAWLP Director Pauline Schmidt, up to four other PWP courses may apply to the twelve-course requirement of the degree.

To enroll, contact the Graduate School at 610-436-2943.

2019 PAWLP Fellows

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