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Pennsylvania Writing and Literature Project


Contact Pennsylvania Writing and Literature Project  

Pennsylvania Writing and Literature Project

The Pennsylvania Writing and Literature Project
West Chester University
Main Hall
720 S. High St
West Chester, PA 19383

Phone: 610-436-2598

Pauline Schmidt, Ph.D.

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    Valley Forge National Park Campers
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    Youth Camp - Summer 2018

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    Young Writers hard at work!

The Pennsylvania Writing and Literature Project (PAWLP) is one of the oldest sites of the National Writing Project (NWP). PAWLP 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. PAWLP 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.

PAWLP 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 district

email Director Dr. Pauline Schmidt

or call 610-436-2202.

Check out our Curriculum Library!

We've alphabetized and catalogued our entire curriculum library and now you can access it from home! When you want to borrow something, come to campus and we will create an online username for you. This will help us keep track of our collection. Check it out here:  PAWLP Curriculum Library.


NEW!! Anti-Bias/Social Justice Inquiry Group

Join PAWLP Fellows and Friends in shared inquiry as they meet regularly to discuss issues of social justice.  Meetings occur every second Saturday of the month beginning October 13, 2018.  Meetings are held in Main Hall, room 200 from 9:00-10:30am.

Books being discussed this year are So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo; Not Light, But Fire by Matthew Kay; and Troublemakers by Carla Shalaby.


Around the Table with PAWLP

PAWLP's new 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


Coming Events

Continuity Saturdays:

Writing Children's Books group 9:00 - 9:45 a.m. 
Continuity 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
November 3rd & December 1st

All gatherings take place in Main Hall, Room 200 unless noted


Keynote Speaker - Matthew Kay
March 2, 2019
Sykes Student Union

More Information Coming Soon


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