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For 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 online for two days 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 “Making Stories Visible: A Celebration of Writing and Literacy.” The conference is co-hosted by the Philadelphia Writing Project, the Teachers Institute of Philadelphia (TIP)Penn GSE, and the Penn Museum

Dates, Times, and Venues

Saturday, October 16, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.: All sessions online

Sunday, October 17, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.: Online and in person

  • 9am–11am: Online sessions via Zoom
  • 12pm–2pm: In-person writing marathon at the Penn Museum (3260 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104) and exploring the museum collections


Saturday, October 16, 2021 

9:00 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.              Opening/Keynote

10:00 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.          Session 1

11:00 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.           Session 2

12:00 p.m. – 12:50 p.m.         Featured Event

1:00 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.             Session 3

Closing Remarks

Sunday, October 17, 2021

9:00 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.              Session 4

10:00 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.          Session 5

12:00 pm – 2:00 p.m.             Writing Marathon Penn Museum

3620 South St., Philadelphia, PA  19104

Featured Speakers and Events 

  • Andrea Bruce - Award-winning photojournalist and Our Democracy team leader
  • Lorraine Ustaris - Teacher, Multi-media Producer, Science Leadership Academy
  • Dale Mezzacappa - Journalist and Sr. Reporter, Chalkbeat Philadelphia
  • Lucy Fowler Williams - Associate Curator, Penn Museum
  • Penn Museum Writing Marathon
  • Teacher Education Association Sessions

View the Celebration of Writing and Literacy conference program

How to Register

Reserve your tickets using Eventbrite


Pay what you wish: suggested admission is $20. Students and Teacher Education Alliance grads free.

Everyone must register to receive the meeting link.


We plan to record portions of the conference in Zoom and post it to the NWP Write Now Teacher Studio for other educators to watch. Participants will have the options to update their names shown on the screen and to participate without cameras on.