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Welcome to PhilWP

PhilWP is a practitioner network, connecting K-university educators with teachers, principals, parents, and out-of-school-time leaders to explore literacy, writing, teaching, and learning across grade levels and disciplines. Each year, new teacher-leaders join the PhilWP network and work in classrooms and other education spaces, supporting young people as writers and learners. A site of the National Writing Project, PhilWP has served Philadelphia schools since 1986.

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News & Events

A Celebration of Writing and Literacy

For more than 20 years, the Philadelphia Writing Project has convened A Celebration of Writing and Literacy, an annual conference presented by and for Philadelphia educators.

Join local educators for a day of learning, reflection, and joy as we share promising practices and resources for supporting writing and literacy among young people!

This year's conference theme is “Creating Brave Spaces in Schools and Communities: A Celebration of Writing and Literacy.” The conference is co-hosted by the Philadelphia Writing Project, the Teachers Institute of Philadelphia (TIP), Penn GSE, the Mid-Career Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership, and the Penn Museum.

Read more about A Celebration of Writing and Literacy and register on the conference page.

Youth Programs

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Scholastic Art and Writing Awards

The Philadelphia Writing Project serves as the regional writing affiliate for the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. The Art & Writing Awards are coordinated by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, which seeks to identify and support exceptional writers and artists. Learn more about the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

The Philadelphia Writing Project is currently seeking volunteer jurors to participate in the 2024 Awards. Please email if you are interested in serving as an evaluator of the brilliant writing created by local youth!

Congratulations to the 2023 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards honorees! View the list of local winners.


PhilWP Update


The PhilWP Update provides news and current information for local teachers and partners. Sign up for the PhilWP Update.