Projects to inspire you

for prospective students

The Green CouchOne of our top priorities at the Writers House is recruiting (yes, recruiting in the same way a basketball coach scouts out power forwards and shooting guards) talented, creative students. Jamie-Lee Josselyn, our Associate Director for Recruitment, coordinates these efforts and remains in touch with prospective students throughout the application process. We welcome high school students and their families to the Writers House and hope you will visit us to meet current students, faculty, and staff members, attend a reading, hang out on our comfy green couch, or sit in on a course (with instructor permission). In the meantime, have a look around our website to find out more about Penn's vibrant writing community.


hang out with famous writers

Kelly Writers House Fellows Seminar

Staff and students model a shirt comemmorating Susan Howe's visitImagine yourself chatting about contemporary poetry with John Ashbery. Eating dinner and exchanging anecdotes with David Sedaris. Hanging out on the green couch with Jamaica Kincaid. Our Writers House Fellows Seminar, led by Kelly Professor and Writers House Faculty Director Al Filreis, makes it possible for Penn students to have sustained and substantive contact with authors of great accomplishment in an informal atmosphere. In the Fellows Seminar, students study the work of three visiting Fellows and then participate in intense two-day visits. For more detail about the class, check out past syllabi or email Fellows Coordinator Lily Applebaum with your questions.

visiting writers series

The KWH is a magnet for great writers. Our national reputation for intimate programming with a talented and engaged student audience virtually guarantees that the best writers in the country are eager to visit us and meet with students. Our featured visitors roster includes emerging poets and renowned singer-songwriters, kids book authors and political journalists.

writing classes at Penn

creative writing classes

Check out the creative writing classes you can take through Penn's Creative Writing program. Many of these courses meet in the Writers House. Max Apple is famous for his fiction workshops and his coffee and cookie breaks. Paul Hendrickson's long-form journalism courses get rave reviews year after year. Many classes, such as Greg Djanikian's poetry workshop, celebrate their achievements each semester with end of year readings in our Arts Café.

critical writing classes

Penn's Critical Writing Program is dedicated to teaching writing and to creating a community of writers across schools and disciplines. We are thrilled that many Critical Writing courses take place right here in our upstairs classrooms. Read about Penn's Critical Writing requirement and see what courses have been offered in past semesters to get a sense of the breadth of Penn's program.

opportunities for Penn students

The Writers House and Penn's Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing (CPCW) are committed to providing students with practical opportunities for developing their writing talents and to supporting all kinds of creative expression. We offer informal mentorships with alumni writers and editors, and competitive summer internships with arts-based businesses, such as Rolling Stone and MTV Networks. Three writing apprenticeships each year give course credit to students working closely with faculty mentors. We award several prizes and fellowships that are designed to encourage and support student creativity.

Danny Goldstein with Max Apple, his thesis advisor, at the Senior Capstone program, 2008