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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

Call for Proposals

The Celebration of Writing and Literacy is an annual two-day conference presented by and for Philadelphia educators. The focus is teacher research and knowledge.  We are looking for a wide range of presentations by practitioners both in and outside of the classroom. This year’s theme, Making Stories Visible, invites participants to bring to light what has been obscured during a year of pandemic and political turmoil. Proceedings will be published in the NWP Write Now Teacher Studio.

Use this link to submit a proposal by August 31.

Accepted proposals will be notified via email by September 17.


Participants will join keynotes and concurrent sessions via Zoom on Saturday, October 16 and in-person at the Penn Museum on Sunday, October 17. Registered participants will receive links to sessions prior to the conference.  

Dates and Times

Saturday-Sunday October 16-17, 2021, 9:00am - 2:00pm  

Saturday events via Zoom; Sunday events at the Penn Museum  


Each conference day will begin with a keynote (9:00 am to 9:50 am). 

Two morning concurrent sessions (10:00 am to 11:50 am).

Featured event (noon to 12:50 pm).

Afternoon session and closing (1:00 pm - 2:00 pm) 

This page will be updated in October with the full conference schedule. 

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 Alliance sessions

How to Register

Reserve your tickets using Eventbrite


Pay what you wish: suggested admission is $20. High school and university students are free.

Everyone must register to receive the meeting link. 


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