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Welcome to PhilWP

The Philadelphia Writing Project (PhilWP) is a network connecting PreK–University and out-of-school-time leaders working to advance writing and the teaching of writing across grade levels and disciplines in Philadelphia and the surrounding area. A site of the National Writing Project, PhilWP has served Philadelphia schools since 1986. PhilWP offers ongoing professional learning opportunities, workshops, and courses throughout the year for educators, families, and youth. Members of our network are leaders in their schools, communities, and the field of education. Each year, new teacher-leaders join the PhilWP network by attending the Invitational Summer Institute. They work in classrooms and other education spaces, supporting young people as writers and learners.

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Invitational Summer Institute

The Philadelphia Writing Project is open to teachers and out-of-school-time leaders. Teachers who successfully complete the Invitational Summer Institute join our network of more than 850 teachers and are invited to take part in additional programs for PhilWP Teacher Consultants.

Read more about the Invitational Summer Institute

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 register at if you are interested in reading the brilliant writing created by local youth!

Congratulations to the 2023 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards honorees! View the list of local winners. The 2024 Awards honorees will be announced soon!


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Philly Journalism Camp

Students will explore journalism as a way of making an impact through writing. This six-day hybrid format program will include presentations by professional journalists and multiple opportunities for publication using text, photography, and short videos. Students will research and write about events and ideas of interest and get feedback from journalism teachers and other participants.

The camp will be held July 29-August 1 and 5 and August 8 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. 

Applications are now being accepted. The cost is $150. Scholarships are available for Philadelphia students. Register for the camp here.

Limited to 30 students.


PhilWP Update


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