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 districtemail Director Dr. Pauline Schmidt
or call 610-436-2202.
The West Chester Writing Project is a community of educators whose work is grounded in the knowledge, expertise, and leadership of local teachers.
We collaborate with area school districts to provide high-quality, inquiry-based learning experiences for teachers and students.
We celebrate our rich history of teachers teaching teachers, and we strive for innovative methods to inspire readers and writers.
The West Chester Writing Project envisions a future where every person is a celebrated writer, an engaged learner, and a responsible participant in a digital, interconnected world.
We believe that high-quality reading and writing experiences are powerful and necessary vehicles for antiracism and social justice.
As such, we advocate for changes in K-16 systems that ensure equitable educational outcomes for all students and learners/educators.
Saturday, December 3rd from 10-11:30am
Main Hall, room 200; free street parking on High Street
This year we will gather to process the last few (chaotic) years in education. Our focus will be topics and ideas found in Brene Brown's Atlas of the Heart.
Do not feel pressured to have read the book! We will engage you with reflective writing prompts and discussion.
Social Justice Inquiry Group (Zoom Session)
Please join us on when we come together to discuss anti-racist education.
The next meeting of the WCWP Social Justice Inquiry Group will be on Saturday, November 19th, from 9AM-10:30AM ET.
We are focused on part 4 of the book Caste by Isabel Wilkerson.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.